Science Alert:  About 200 million years ago, a brutal underwater attack took place in the Atlantic. A squid-like creature, armed with 10 tentacles studded with hooks, swam up to a prehistoric fish. The predator wrapped its long arms around the fish’s head and crushed its skull.
 The cephalopod was looking for a quick, delicious bite, but the meal cost the creature its life. Predator and prey died in a deadly embrace, and their interlocked bodies were fossilized under the waves.  A new study analysing that fossil, which has been accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, suggests this is the oldest evidence of such a squid attack ever found.
 Malcolm Hart, a paleontologist at the University of Plymouth and the study’s lead author, said fossils depicting one animal preying on another are exceedingly rare.  “It points to a particularly violent attack, which ultimately appears to have caused the death, and subsequent preservation, of both animals,” he said in a press release.
 Although the fossil was originally discovered in the 19th century off the southern coast of the UK, Hart decided to reexamine it after recently seeing it on display in a British museum. He wanted to know precisely what was going on in the ancient rock tableau and when it had happened.
 Hart and his colleagues determined that the predator in question was a coleoid, a type of squid ancestor, named Clarkeiteuthis montefiorei. The 16-inch-long (40-centimetre) cephalopod chomped down on an 8-inch-long (20-centimetre) fish called Dorsetichthys bechei.