Scientists have named a 550-million-year-old fossil after former President Barack Obama because of his love for and commitment to science.
A disc-shaped animal’s fossilized remains have been named “Obamus coronatus,” University of California at Riverside earth sciences professor and lead researcher Mary Droser announced Wednesday. Coronatus is Latin for “crowned,” which is the fossil’s name because of embedded molecules circling the animal, The Washington Post reported. (RELATED: Scientists Find The Oldest Fossil Of Human Ever Discovered In Western Europe)
Scientists first thought of naming the fossil after Obama when features of the animal reminded them of the first black president’s distinctive ears. They eventually decided the fossil would become Obama’s namesake to honor his “passion for science,” according to a university press release.
The name of the fossil literally translates to “Obama is crowned,” according to Google Translate.
The scientists uncovered another fossil of a small raisin-like animal with grooves along its body. They named the creature “Attenborites janeae” after the English naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
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