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.” 

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.