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This week’s BrainSmudge theme is Scientific Illustration. And while today focuses on Astronomy (and Marine Biology was on Saturday), this very cool bit was shared with me and I am compelled to post it. Kind of Paleontology and Marine Biology in one!

”Paleontologists discovered the remains of the creature, called a Belemnotheutis antiquus, during a dig at a Victorian excavation in Trowbridge, Wilts.

They cracked open what appeared to be an ordinary looking rock only to find the one-inch-long black ink sac inside.

After realising what they had stumbled across, they took out a small sample of the black substance and ground it up with an ammonia solution.

Remarkably, the ink they created was good enough to allow them to draw the squid-like animal and write its Latin name.

Other examples of sea creature were also discovered giving the scientists an excellent opportunity to study the species.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/5794280/Scientists-draw-squid-using-its-150-million-year-old-fossilised-ink.html 

There’s something not quite right about drawing a squid with it’s own ink, even if it is a fossil, but it’s stunning that you can

I feel like there must be more scientific uses for 150-million-year-old fossil ink.

On the other hand, the simplicity and detail of the drawing is oddly inspiring.

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