Mark McMenamin, a paleontologist at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and his wife Dianna Schulte McMenamin, presented a study they’ve been working on Monday (Oct. 10) at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Minneapolis.
What did the study allege? That a giant kraken was drowning or breaking the necks of ichthyosaurs before dragging the corpses to its lair and arranging the bones in nearly-geometric patterns, reports the AP.
Well. That’s like the scariest thing we’ve ever read.
McMenamin claims that even though there is no direct evidence of the ancient sea creature, which he thinks is roughly 100 feet long (twice the length of the colossal squid), the circumstantial evidence is quite strong.
The evidence comes from the markings on the bones of remains from nine 45-foot ichtyosaurs, which were found at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada. These oceanic dinosaurs were the Triassic version of today’s predatory giant-squid-eating sperm wales.
McMenamin says the markings on the bones indicate they were not all killed at the same time and furthermore, were purposefully arranged, much like today’s modern octopus brings remains back to its lair, or “midden.”
He also asserts that video taken at the Seattle Aquarium that revealed a large octopus was what was killing off the aquarium’s sharks backs up his theory that this ancient kraken was killing off these ichtyosaurs.
Unfortunately, any fossils of the kraken are unlikely to ever be found. Soft-bodied creatures do not leave fossils behind. Only their beaks are hard enough to remain as fossils, but researchers say finding them is highly unlikely.
Syfy, we fully expect a movie about this starring Patrick Muldoon, Eric Roberts and Debbie Gibson. Get kraken (see what we did there?).