Because of its many tentacles, the new organism was named Sollasina cthulhu, in honour of the monster from the works of Howard Lovecraft., according to the CNET portal.
The remains of organism were found at a site in Herefordshire, UK. The size of the organism did not exceed 3 cm, and the scientists discovered that the remains were 430 million years old.
A neat reconstruction of an intriguing Paleozoic echinoderm called an ophiocistioid! Early ancestors of sea cucumbers with a very urchin-like appearance! Sollasina cthulhu! Named for Lovecraft's famous monster!! A nice account here https://t.co/VzubjAPERm pic.twitter.com/UiE1spXQpk— Christopher Mah (@echinoblog) April 10, 2019
With the help of tomography, scientists have recreated the appearance of the body of Sollasina Cthulhu; it had many tentacles, with which it hunted small prey at the bottom of freshwater bodies of water. In addition, it used tentacles for movement.