Friday 21 August 2009

Jurassic Ink

This sketch of Belemnotheutis antiquus may not be the most inspiring work of art I've ever posted on Coxsoft Art News, but for palaeontologists it is a knockout. The ink used is about 150 million years old! It was taken from the ink sac of a fossilised squid which lived in the Jurassic period. When palaeontologists from the British Geological Survey cracked open the fossil, which was unearthed during a dig in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, they found that the ink sac was still soft and contained ink fit for drawing this sketch. Click the title link for details.


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