Vampire Squid Fossil ‘Lost’ During Hungarian Revolution Rediscovered

Vampire squid have lurked in the dark corners of the ocean for 30 million years, a new analysis of a long-lost fossil.

Modern vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) can thrive in deep, oxygen-poor ocean waters, unlike many other squid species that require shallower habitat along continental shelves. However, few fossil ancestors of today’s vampire squid survive, so scientists aren’t sure when these elusive cephalopods developed the ability to live with little oxygen.

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