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October 12, 2011
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Did giant octopus kill ichthyosaurs found in Nevada?

In what Nature Magazine dubbed "Kraken versus ichthyosaur," a paleontologist has issued a paper saying the fossilized marine reptiles at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in central Nevada were killed by a giant cephalopod -a squid- or octopus-like creature.

Mark McMenamin of Massachusetts' Mount Holyoke College presented his theory Monday at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Minneapolis. He estimated the animal would have been some 90 feet long, more than double the size of any living cephalopod, and he likened it to the Kraken of mythology.

There are nine fossilized remains at the site, some with a …

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