Newly Discovered Ancient Sea Creature Named After Barack Obama

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 22, 2018

So when they uncovered the fossil of two never-discovered types of creature that lived 580 to 540 million years ago, they made a decision to name the first of the animals after Obama.

Obamus coronatus: Wreath-shaped, less than half an inch across, with raised spiral grooves on its surface. Now, scientists have risen the ancient lifeform to fame by naming it after former President Barack Obama.

The other sea creature discovered, Attenborites janeae, was named after the less famous naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough and Jane Fargher, the co-owner of the property where the fossils were discovered.

Recent actions by the Trump administration - a wave of unprecedentedly large family separations at the border, aggressive trade-war-fueling tariffs and rebukes of allies - have made some feel as though the Barack Obama presidency was an unrecognizable era shrouded in an ancient past.

Thus, the 500-million-year-old ancient sea creature is named Obamus coronatus. The discoveries, named Attenborites janeae and Obamus coronatus were reported in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences on May 23, 2018, and on June 14, 2018.

Researchers discovered a fossilized version in a southern Australia mountain range.

The egg-shaped animal named after the wildlife advocate is "less than a centimeter across, was adorned with internal grooves and ridges giving it a raisin-like appearance", UCR added. The team was lead by Mary Droser, a professor of paleontology at the university.

Part of the Ediacara Biota, the soft-bodied animals are visible as fossils cast in fine-grained sandstone that have been preserved for hundreds of millions of years.

According to paleontologist Mary Droser, who was part of the effort to discover these ancient creatures, in 30 years, nobody has seen such a remarkably well-preserved fossil bed that has so many lovely and rare specimens. So far, scientists have described around 50 genera, mostly comprised of only one species.

It is unclear how the Ediacaran biota relate to modern animals, because they largely disappeared with the Cambrian explosion.

"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", Droser explained. 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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