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Fossil shows a shark eating a proto-squid as it ate a crustacean

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A prehistoric shark could have interrupted an historic squid-like creature’s meal

C.Klug et al. Swiss J Palaeontol (2021)

It’s a fish-eat-belemnite-eat-crustacean world. A pair of remarkably preserved fossils seem to document the aftermath of a dramatic confrontation within the prehistoric ocean, when one predator was in the midst of a meal solely to be focused by a larger one.

“The fossil is amazing by itself,” due to its state of preservation, says Christian Klug on the University of Zurich in Switzerland. But the stays inform a story that sheds gentle on who was eating who hundreds of thousands of years in the past. …

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