Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Thriller of a Discovery: Fossil Hermit Crab Named after Michael Jackson

Source: Kent State University, 18 January 2012

From this article:
A Kent State University researcher was part of an international team of paleontologists that recently made a significant discovery in northern Spain. The group discovered a new family, genus and species of fossil hermit crab – one that lived 100 million years ago.

The group’s findings were published online this month in the Germany-based journal Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie.

The team made the surprising discovery on June 25, 2009. Later that day, while meeting at a restaurant in the city of Alsasua, the group saw on TV that international superstar Michael Jackson had passed away that day. The paleontologists decided to honor the “King of Pop” by the naming the new species after the late music icon: Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni.
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