Octopuses (yes, that is the correct spelling of the plural for octopus), squids, cuttlefishes, and nautiluses, are all part of the class, Cephalopoda.  These are known to be exceptionally intelligent creatures.  Perhaps their wisdom has been passed down through the ages.  Now, their history may have been extended by millennia. 

Scientists from Heidelberg University recently discovered 522 million-year-old fossils on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland, Canada.  Careful analysis suggests that these fossils may be the ancestors of the cephalopods.   This would extend their reach back another 30 million years, taking them back to the Cambrian period.  

More research is needed before this finding can be conclusive, but this would place the cephalopod ancestors on Earth before the first Trilobites!


Scientific Paper — Hildenbrand, A., Austermann, G., Fuchs, D. et al. A potential cephalopod from the early Cambrian of eastern Newfoundland, Canada. Commun Biol4, 388 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-01885-w




JAGUAR UPDATE:  Between December 2020 and March 2021, in Sonora, Mexico, four cameras repeatedly captured video of a young, male jaguar. This property, close to New Mexico and Arizona, is a ranch owned by the local conservation organization, Cuenca Los Ojos.  

This sighting is further evidence of the potential for these animals to repopulate this area.  This previous posting provides more information. 


Breaking story by National Geographic — https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/jaguar-near-arizona-border-wall-mexico?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Animals_20210325&rid=83DEC338D95F44FC5297F36131809D9A