Cryptids like Bigfoot, the Yeti, the Chupacabra and many more have been making the headlines lately, thanks to new scientific research that seems to strongly support their existence in some form or another. We've even found creatures that might explain the sea monsters of ancient legend, like the massive oarfish found off Southern California, and a monstrous squid washed up on a beach in Spain. But now scientists have uncovered fossil data that suggests the most terrifying tentacled creature of them all – the Kraken – might actually have existed in prehistoric times.
The theory, which was first put forth in 2011, is still controversial, with many scientists claiming the evidence is circumstantial. But one researcher has come forward with what he claims to be conclusive evidence: a fossilized beak resembling that of a mega-squid (sorry Roger Corman, looks like nature got there first).
Photo: Mark McMenamin
According to NBC News, paleontologist Mark McMenamin of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts presented the new discovery at a recent meeting of the Geological Society of America. He has drawn a connection to a previous find showing the bones of a bus-sized marine reptile called Shonisaurus popularis, which he claims had been crushed by a massive grip, its bones arranged in a manner common to modern cephalopods (octopus and squid), who are known to “play with their food.” If true, it suggests that intelligence in these creatures could date all the way back to the Triassic period.
"We're getting a message from the past," says McMenamin. Maybe so... even if that message is be really grateful you don't live in the Triassic period.