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Monday, October 09, 2006
428 Million Year Old Fossilized Worm
Named After Motorhead Frontman
Legendary god of all that is fast, dirty, lewd, wart-covered, and truly rocking Lemmy Kilmeister has found his near mythological status as the front man of the band Motorhead has taken his name in some unexpected directions... and this time it's into the world of paleontology!
Swedish scientist and Associate Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Geology at Lund University, Dr. Mats E. Eriksson, has named a recently-discovered 428 million year old fossilized worm after his favorite frontman giving the bass-playing growler will have a permanent record in the annals of Science.
"The perfect combination for a long-time fan of the band and a professor of paleontology, as myself," Eriksson told the Swedish press, "The fossil in question is a c. 428 million year old jaw of an extinct, marine polychaete annelid worm found in the Silurian strata of Gotland, Sweden. Its scientific name is Kalloprion Kilmisteri."
As appreciators of both the heavy sciences and the heavy arts, we here at the Isotope are hoisting our glasses and sending out a toast to both Dr. Eriksson and Mr. Kilmeister on what may very well be the fastest, dirtiest, lewdest, wart-coveredest and rockingest day in 20th century science. Here's to Kalloprion Kilmisteri!
Labels: culture, Motorhead, non-fiction