|I'm so tired of being lonely
||[Jan. 28th, 2008|03:51 pm]
Relatively so few fauna and flora are formally named after rock musicians that announcements of new species are understandably newsworthy. The most famous within the last decade or so is the Madagascar theropod dinosaur Masikasaurus knopfleri, named after former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, but three of the four Beatles (Avalanchurus lennoni, Avalanchurus starri, Struszia mccartneyi), all five of the Sex Pistols (Arcticalymene rotteni, A. viciousi, A. jonesi, A. cooki, A. matlocki), and four of the Ramones (Mackenziurus johnnyi, M. joeyi, M. deedeei, M. ceejayi) have trilobites named after them. Frank Zappa has an entire genus of New Guinea fish named after him (we aren't even going to bring up the two asteroids 3834 Zappfrank and 16745 Zappa into the conversation, because Frank was a well-loved guy), and anyone wanting to do a quick search on rock stars and binomial nomenclature will come across mites named after James Brown, midges after the Grateful Dead, and now a whirligig beetle named after Roy and Barbara Orbison. It's just a matter of time before someone names a nematode after Gibby Haynes.