Ten Scientific Rock Star Namesakes
When boffins who love rock name things
Recently, scientists unveiled the Alviniconcha Strummeri to the world, an invertebrate named after Joe Strummer that lives 2000 metres beneath the surface of the ocean. "Because they look like punk rockers in the 70s and 80s and have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment, we decided to name one new species after a punk rock icon,” said researcher Shannon Johnson.
But what of other discoveries named after rock pioneers? We contracted own researcher to find out more.
"How cool is this? I got my own tarantula named after me! Totally metal!!!" tweeted Megadeth's fiery frontman when the newly-discovered species was presented to him as a 'gift' from Brent E Hendrixson in 2013. Unlike Megadave, Aphonopelma tarantulas are "docile in captivity," so it's probably a lot easier to share a rehearsal room with one.
A swamp-dwelling prehistoric African hippo from the Miocene epoch, the name translates literally as Jagger's Water Nymph due to what palaeontologist Gregg Gunnell calls its "highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips" (for the same reason, some wanted to name it after Angelina Jolie).