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October 8, 2012

Originally posted on Research & Collections:

Photo of Octopus burryi moving with stealth amidst a field of Pennincilus algae. ©Roger Hanlon used with written permission.

Octopus burryi moving with stealth amidst a field of Pennincilus algae. Photo: ©Roger T.Hanlon used with written permission.

Greetings Blogophiles! It’s finally here, October 8th, the first day of International Cephalopod Awareness Days (ICAD)! Because it is the 8th and octopuses have eight arms, today is Octopus Day!! Be aware of them. I really like octopuses, but as a paleontologist, I almost never get to see them. To quote Dirk Fuchs of the Freie Universität of Berlin “finding an octopus fossil is about as unlikely as finding a fossil sneeze.” My only research experience with octopuses is examining the chemical composition of their stylets (vestigial shells) and those are from extant octopuses.

Photo of octopus stylets. Photo by Trish Weaver

Octopus stylets. Photo by Trish Weaver

Still you’ve got to love octopuses, they have many skills. They can predict the winner of the world cup, they can open jars for you and they are notorious…

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