Mysterious 450-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Fossil Baffles Scientists

monsterKing of the jellyfish? Or a giant, living, underwater doormat? Whatever your worst nightmare is, this ancient sea-bound entity could be it. LiveScience reports:

A mysterious fossil that has evoked images of a sea monster roaming the shallow waters of prehistoric Ohio [has] scientists stumped as to what kind of creature it was. One thing is sure: The enigmatic “blob” — discovered in elliptical pieces that, when fitted together, extended about 7 feet long, was once alive.

The team, along with the fossil hunter who discovered the 450-million-year-old specimen, suggest a range of possibilities: a type of huge algae or microbial mat, or even a member of the cnidarian family, which includes jellyfish (though scientists concede the jellyfish idea is highly unlikely).

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  • Raz

    I’m baffled as well! Totally.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    An ancient Big Foot print, Duh!

  • Haystack

    It is clear that only intelligent design could have produced that blob of silly putty-looking stuff. 

    • God

      Well of course, I mean why wouldn’t an infinitely intelligent deity such as myself create  a complex and amazingly beautiful creature like this…

      /s

    • Anti-Crowley

       No it isn’t you fool.  It is overwhelmingly obvious that it spontaneously came into existence from nothing for no reason at all.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I sometimes fossil hunt in that region.

    There are some amazing things to be found.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBBFXY4CD6HFZEFXTZG2TMYP6Y The King

    Anyone can see it’s obviously a big amoeba