Most things that are preserved in the fossil record are known to geologists simply as “hard parts.” These are things like teeth, bones and shells – items that are more durable and much more likely to survive as fossils. But every once in a while a specimen is preserved of a soft bodied creature – like this specimen from the Cretaceous rocks of Lebanon. This fossil is of a cuttlefish, a relative of the octopus and squid. The remains of this creature were buried underneath fine grain sediments and preserved in remarkable detail.
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Marine animals, Fossil
Paleontology -- Cretaceous
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