A FOSSIL of a 'a squid eaten by a shark while it tried to eat a crustacean' has been revealed by stunned researchers.
Around 180million years ago, an ancient squid-like creature was devouring a lobster-like crustacean when a shark or similar sharp toothed animal decided to tear a chunk out of the squid.
This is according to archaeologists who have been studying the fossil to try and work out what was happening at the time.
The creepy fossilised scene was discovered in a German quarry.
It shows an extinct squid-like creature called a belemnite feasting on some sort of ancient lobster-like creature.
Before the belemnite got to finish its meal, the fossil shows evidence that a shark-like creature came along and had a bite of the squid.
The researchers think it was likely an ancient shark because it didn't stick around to eat the whole thing.
It's thought some ancient predators could digest belemnite beaks but sharks could not and may have tried to avoid such behaviour.
Another fossil found in Germany from a similar time period shows a shark that likely died from having too many belemnite beaks blocking its stomach.
Researchers think sharks and crocodiles in the Jurassic period may have learnt to only eat the soft parts of a squid.
The authors wrote: "Remarkably, most of the belemnite soft parts between the arm crown and the calcitic rostrum are missing.
"We suggest that this represents remains of a meal of a vertebrate predator, possibly of the Early Jurassic shark Hybodus hauffianus.
"This is remarkable, because it informs about the behavior of a cephalopod and a vertebrate predator."
The discovery has been labelled as a 'leftover fall' because whatever was eating the squid creature dropped it to the bottom of the seabed where it became buried and fossilised.
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