Giant kraken lair discovered

Triassic Fossils and Modern Suckers The alignment and etching on the bones of the Shonisaurs (left) suggested another creature arranged them purposefully. A paleontologist theorizes it was meant to look like the coleoid suckers on an octopus (or Kraken) tentacle. Geological Society of America/Wikipedia A strange arrangement of ichthyosaurus bones suggests that a giant (and hypothetical) Triassic-era sea monster might have enjoyed playing with its food, artfully rearranging the bones of the sharks it ate, according to a Boston-based paleontologist. Perhaps it was making a self-portrait. Or maybe it was lonely and wanted to create an imaginary kraken pal. Found in Nevada's Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, the neatly arranged fossilized remains of nine Triassic ichthyosaurs, Shonisaurus popularis, have puzzled paleontologists for a generation. It wasn't clear whether these marine reptiles had died from a harmful algal bloom or were maybe stranded in shallow waters. After recent geological evidence suggested they

Giant kraken lair discovered

Long before whales, the oceans of Earth were roamed by a very different kind of air-breathing leviathan. Snaggle-toothed ichthyosaurs larger than school buses swam at the top of the Triassic ...

Mon 10 Oct 11 from Phys.org

Did an Ancient Kraken Create Its Own Friends? What About a Modern Jellyfish?

Triassic Fossils and Modern Suckers The alignment and etching on the bones of the Shonisaurs (left) suggested another creature arranged them purposefully. A paleontologist theorizes it was meant ...

Tue 11 Oct 11 from Popular Science

Sea monster: 100ft 'Kraken' exists, claims scientist Mark McMenamin

Researcher Mark McMenamin, a paleontologist at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, said markings on a pattern of lizard bones (pictured) shows the Kraken did exist.

Tue 11 Oct 11 from Daily Mail

Kraken: Scientist Mark McMenamin claims existence of mythical 100ft sea monster, Tue 11 Oct 11 from Daily Mail

Could this be the lair of the Kraken? Scientist claims existence of mythical 100ft sea monster that ate the ocean's biggest predators for breakfast, Mon 10 Oct 11 from Daily Mail

The giant, prehistoric squid that ate common sense

We have a serious problem with science journalism. A big one, in fact, and today that problem takes the form of a giant, prehistoric squid with tentacles so formidable that it has sucked the ...

Tue 11 Oct 11 from Ars Technica

Lair of Ancient 'Kraken' Sea Monster Possibly Discovered

A giant sea monster, the likes of the mythological kraken, may have swum Earth's ancient oceans, snagging what was thought to be the sea's top predators -- school bus-size ichthyosaurs with ...

Mon 10 Oct 11 from FOXNews

'Kraken' ancient lair shows signs of a vicious predator

Hundreds of millions of years ago the Earth surface and oceans were inhabited by fierce predators of huge proportions by today’s standards. In those times, more than ever maybe, the saying ...

Mon 10 Oct 11 from ZME Science

Triassic 'Kraken' may have created self-portrait

Back in the Triassic, giant octopi were killing and eating ichthyosaurs - and arranging their bones in pretty patterns, says a Mount Holyoke College paleontologist. read more

Mon 10 Oct 11 from TG Daily

Mythical Kraken May Have Been Real

Ichthyosaurs were thought to be at the top of the Triassic Period ocean food chain but a researcher thinks there was an even larger sea monster that preyed on ichthyosaurs: the kraken.

Tue 11 Oct 11 from Laboratory Equipment

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