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New Species of Extinct Vampire Squid-Like Creature Named After President Joe Biden

Meet Syllipsimopodi BIDENI! New species of extinct 10-armed vampire squid-like creature that lived 328 million years ago is named after President Joe Biden

  • The fossilized remains of the squid-like creature were found in Montana
  • It has been identified as a new species of vampyropods – the ancestor of octopus
  • Unlike other species that have eight arms, Syllipsimopodi bideni has 10

He is best known as the 46th President of the United States, but now Joe Biden has been given a new honor by giving his name to a new species of extinct vampire-squid-like creature.

Researchers at the American Museum of Natural History have named the 10-armed creature, which lived 328 million years ago, Syllipsimopodi bideni.

The team decided to name the new orphans after President Biden, as their publication was accepted shortly after his inauguration last year.

“I was encouraged by President Biden’s plans to combat anthropogenic climate change and his general sense that politicians should listen to scientists,” said Christopher Whalen, lead author of the study.

Researchers at the American Museum of Natural History have named the 10-armed creature, which lived 328 million years ago, Syllipsimopodi bideni.

He is best known as the 46th President of the United States, but now Joe Biden has been given a new honor by giving his name to a new species of extinct vampire-squid-like creature.

He is best known as the 46th President of the United States, but now Joe Biden has been given a new honor by giving his name to a new species of extinct vampire-squid-like creature.

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The animal’s fossilized remains were discovered in 1988 in what is now Montana, but it has only now been identified as a new species of vampyropod.

This group of gentle cephalopods was previously believed to have eight arms, but the new species actually has 10.

“This is the first and only known vampyropod with 10 functional appendages,” said Dr Whalen.

During their new analysis of the fossil, the researchers found that the species had 10 sucker arms and was 328 million years old — 82 million years older than the previous earliest record.

“The number of arms is one of the defining characteristics that separate the 10-armed lineage of cuttlefish and cuttlefish (Decabrachia) from the lineage of eight-armed octopuses and vampire squid (Vampyropoda),” explained Dr. Whale out.

“We have long understood that octopuses reach eight arms by eliminating the two filaments of vampire squids, and that these filaments are vestigial arms.

“However, all previously reported fossil vampyropods that retain the appendages have only 8 arms, so this fossil is likely the first confirmation of the idea that all cephalopods traditionally possessed 10 arms.”

During their new analysis of the fossil, the researchers found that the species had 10 sucker arms and was 328 million years old — 82 million years older than the previous earliest record.

During their new analysis of the fossil, the researchers found that the species had 10 sucker arms and was 328 million years old — 82 million years older than the previous earliest record.

Two of the arms were found to be longer than the rest, while the body was torpedo-shaped, much like today’s squid.

While the second half of its name is in honor of President Biden, the first half – Syllipsimopodi – is derived from the Greek words ‘syllipsimos’, for ‘grab’, and ‘podi’ for ‘foot’.

“Syllipsimopodi may have filled a niche more closely resembling extant squids, a medium-level predator,” said study co-author Neil Landman.

“It is not inconceivable that it may have used its sucker-loaded arms to pry small ammonoids from their shells, or that it may have ventured further ashore to hunt brachiopods, clams or other shelled sea creatures.”

The researchers hope the findings will help improve our understanding of cephalopod evolution

‘Syllipsimopodi bideni challenges the main arguments for the origin of vampyropods and provides a new model for the evolution of cephalopods with an internal shell,’ concluded Dr Whalen.

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