cascolus ravitis named in honor of David Attenborough

The man who kickstarted so many young peoples’ love of science and fueled in them a fervor for our natural world (including many among our own team here at BioPop) is having yet another organism named after him, adding to an ever-expanding list of eponymous flora and fauna both extant and extinct.

Sir David Attenborough now has 10 organisms (and one research vessel) named after him, with the most recent addition being a 430 million year old crustacean distantly related to the modern lobster. A remarkably well-preserved fossil of the organism was found by Professor David Siveter of the Department of Geology, University of Leicester. He named it cascolus ravitis – “Cascolus” deriving from two Latin words for “stronghold” and “dwelling,” the origin of the Old English surname “Attenborough.” Professor Siveter said it was a pleasure to honor  David Attenborough, whose BBC programs had greatly influenced a young Siveter.

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430 million-year-old fossil named in honor of Sir David Attenborough

April 12, 2017

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