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Extinct Squid-Like Creature Named after Joe Biden

Extinct Squid-Like Creature Named after Joe Biden

Spineless, lifeless, and ancient.

Scientists have named a now-extinct squid-like creature after Joe Biden — the Syllipsimopodi bideni.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, said the vampyropod fossil was discovered in the Bear Gulch Limestone in Fergus County, Mont., and donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada in 1988.

It wasn’t until recently, though, that scientists from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and Yale University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences examined fossil.

The researchers said the syllipsimopodi bideni lived during the Carboniferous period, about 328 million years ago. It’s the oldest vampyropod ever discovered, pushing the group’s fossil record back by about 82 million years.

Spineless, lifeless, and ancient. It’s perfect.


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“Spineless, lifeless, and ancient.” Am I right to assume it’s also brainless?

henrybowman | March 9, 2022 at 2:39 pm

But what did it eat? What did it sniff? And how did it get it’s 10%?

    Solved. Per the linked article, it had ten arms with suckers, the oldest one of its kind ever discovered. No young female could escape its grasp.

nordic_prince | March 10, 2022 at 2:26 pm

“…the Syllipsimopodi bideni.”

“Syphilis bideni” would probably be more accurate.

“…the vampyropod fossil…”

At least they got the vampyric fossil part right.