upi.com – By Danielle Haynes – Scientists have named a now-extinct relative of the octopus that has 10 arms after President Joe Biden — the syllipsimopodi bideni — according to a study released Tuesday.
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, said the vampyropod fossil was discovered in the Bear Gulch Limestone in Fergus County, Mont., and donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada in 1988.
It wasn’t until recently, though, that scientists from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and Yale University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences examined fossil.
The researchers said the syllipsimopodi bideni lived during the Carboniferous period, about 328 million years ago. It’s the oldest vampyropod ever discovered, pushing the group’s fossil record back by about 82 million years.