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Palaeontologists have drawn with ink extracted from a preserved fossilised squid uncovered during a dig in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
The fossil, thought to be 150 million years old, was found when a rock was cracked open, revealing the one-inch-long black ink sac.
A picture of the creature and its Latin name was drawn using its ink.
Dr Phil Wilby of the British Geological Survey said it was an ancient creature similar to the modern-day squid.
To mark the occasion the scientists used the squid’s own ink to draw a picture of it and wrote the specimen’s Latin name, Belemnotheutis antiquus. Before it could be used, the pitch-black ink had to be returned to liquid form with a solution of ammonia. The amazing preservation was the result of what palaeontologists call the Medusa effect - an unusually fast process of fossilisation — as the creatures turned to stone so quickly.