8-Armed Jurassic ‘Vampire’ Used Supersuckers To Trap Prey, Amazing 3D Images Reveal

8-Armed Jurassic ‘Vampire’ Used Supersuckers To Trap Prey, Amazing 3D Images Reveal

A Jurassic vampire squid-like creature used supersuckers to snatch prey from the water column and lock it in place with a tight seal, 3D imagery of multiple fossils reveals.

For the first time, scientists have used advanced 3D imaging techniques to examine the suction cups of Vampyronassa rhodanica, an extinct relative of the modern vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis). The analysis revealed never-before-seen features of the animal’s internal anatomy, the scientists reported Thursday (June 23) in the journal Scientific reports (opens in a new tab).

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