Scam & amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; to its similarity with the imaginary sea-animal Cthulhu, which was thought by the American author of HP Lovecraft, the creature was much smaller than the fictional monster, but perhaps equally scary to other living marine beings of that time.
"Although only three fossils [centimers] are wide, his long tentacles would have made it completely terrible for other small sea creatures alive at that time," a press release describing the discovery says. "It is believed that these tentacles, or "tube feet" were used to seize food and crawl over the seafloor. "
Solusan cthulhu was a type of sea cucumber, and its 45 tentacles probably helped her walk along the seabed, Researchers say they could also watch it in the 3-D, which gave researchers a deeper look at the M & which tissues of the creature.
"Using the physiotherapeutic tomography and computer reconstruction, we visualize the internal anatomy of S. cthulhu in three dimensions. , revealing the internal tissue which we interpret as the ring channel, the key part of the water-vessel system, which was previously unknown in fossil echinoses, ̵
A co-author of the study, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, was surprised that it was sea cucumber, initially thinking that it might be closer to sea urchins.
"We conducted a series of analyzes to determine if Solasina was more closely associated with sea cucumbers or sea urchins," Thompson said in a release. "To our surprise, the results indicate that it was an ancient sea cucumber, which helps us to understand the changes that have taken place in the early evolution of the group, which ultimately gave rise to the mucous molds that we see today." Click here for the FOX NEWS APP
The research was published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.