Monument to the deadly battle that took place 200 million years ago

In the 19th century, a fossil fragment was found in Dorset, England, which at that time puzzled scientists. However, a recent reanalysis has finally managed to unravel its mystery.

This fragment contains the remains of two extinct creatures: Clarkeiteuthis montefiorei, an ancient squid-like mollusk, and Dorsetichthys bechei, a fish resembling modern herring. Both species lived on Earth during the Jurassic period. And both by some miracle managed to survive inside an extremely rare fossil specimen, which forever captured the moment of their fight.

Inside the artifact, an ancient clam can be seen wrapping its prey with hooked tentacles and crushing its head.

On the left - a clam wrapping its tentacles around an ancient fish

This is the oldest surviving sample of diplobelide (this is the name of this type of squid-like creatures). It is 10 million years older than the previous record holder. And the very fragment of sedimentary rocks in which it is located is 190-199 million years old. How both creatures got into it and why they were not eaten by other animals remains a complete mystery.

Biologists put forward two versions: either the ancient mollusk died in a fight with the fish, which turned out to be too serious an enemy for him, or he died trying to hide its prey from rivals on the seabed. In any case, the two mating animals sank to the bottom, the sedimentary rocks of which have preserved them for hundreds of millions of years.