Ancient Sea Creature Named After President Obama: Here’s The Simple Reason Why

Ancient Sea Creature Named After President Obama: Here’s The Simple Reason Why

Experts have discovered fossils of two freaky sea creatures that lived in the ocean over 500 million years ago.

The prehistoric animal was disc-shaped and was only about half an inch long. Scientists chose to call it Obamus coronatus, noting the passion of former President Barack Obama for science.

On the other hand, "janeae" refers to the co-owner of the property where both fossils were discovered, Jane Fargher. These organisms are named in honor of former U.S. President Barack Obama (Barack Obama).

A tiny, disc-shaped creature lived a rather boring life about 500 million years ago.

The newly named Obamus coronatus was discovered by a team from the Univerity of California, Riverside (UCR). Researchers have just stumbled upon two new species in a bed of fossils in southern Australia, and the two creatures received really popular names. Both fossil remains are near-relatives to the well-known Dickensonia genus from the Ediacaran period of history, which spans from roughly 635 million years ago to about 530 million years ago.

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The Obamus discovery was published online Thursday, June 14, in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. The same researchers who named the creatures, and who have a very profound passion for pop culture, also named this fossil bed "Alice's Restaurant Bed". Scientists still don't know exactly where these creatures fit into the overall tree of life, or if they evolved into more complex animals over millions of years.

The Flinders Ranges are the mountain ranges responsible for producing so many high-quality fossils from the Ediacaran Biota so many hundreds of millions of years ago. About 50 genera have been described, which often have only one species.

UC Riverside-led team of researchers discovered these two new animal fossils.

Along with this ancient animal, the scientists from the Univesity of California-Riverside also unearthed a raisin-like creature, shaped like an egg, that they named Attenborites janeae, after Sir David Attenborough, a renowned British naturalist who was advocating for science and supporting paleontology. "We have been seeing evidence for these animals for quite a long time, but it took us a while to verify that they are animals within their own rights and not part of another animal", explained Mary Dorser. She said South Australia is hoping to get the area where the fossils were found designated as a World Heritage Site to reflect its unique history and the importance of protecting it.

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