Giant ‘Kraken’ Lair Discovered

Posted on October 11, 2011


Marine scientists in Nevada have discovered an underwater cave that was once home to a predator so huge, it used to feast on bus-sized snaggle-toothed ichthyosaurs.

Science Daily reports that fossils of ichthyosaurs found at the location show the signs of being victim to a much larger predator. Paleontologist Mark McMenamin said:

“It looked like the bones had been purposefully rearranged. That got me thinking about a particular modern predator that is known for just this sort of intelligent manipulation of bones.

“Modern octopus will do this,” McMenamin said. What if there was an ancient, very large sort of octopus, like the kraken of mythology. “I think that these things were captured by the kraken and taken to the midden and the cephalopod would take them apart.”


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