Prehistoric Octopus Painted With Its Own 95-Million-Year-Old Ink

Here’s some incep(halopod)tion for you: The Natural History Museum in Oslo proudly displays a painting of a prehistoric octopus alongside the ink with which it was painted—ink preserved inside the 95-million-year-old fossil. Paleontologist Jørn Hurum supplied Dutch wildlife artist Esther van Hulsen with the ink, which came from a fossil discovered in Lebanon in 2009. “Knowing that this animal has used this ink to survive is absolutely amazing,” said Hulsen; it’s equally fascinating to see a survival feature used for something beautiful. The fossil itself also looks like a work of art; check out more photos in the original Norwegian article.

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