Wednesday, February 18, 2009


A fossil found on a highway construction site near Courtenay has been identified as an 80-million year old ancestor of the current-day vampryoteuthis, better known as the Vampire Squid. This recently-discovered specimen, now known as nanaimoteuthis jeletzkyi, garnered the attention of marine fossil experts around the world, including Dr. Kazushige Tanabe at the University of Tokyo in Japan.

Rick Ross, the Comox man who discovered the fossil and co-wrote a paper about it with Dr. Tanabe, will be giving a lecture tomorrow night (February 19) at the Courtenay Museum at 7 pm. If you're in the neighbourhood, you should check it out!

Read more about the fossil here. And check out this BBC clip of the modern-day Vampire Squid:

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