This is a developing story but after several sources broke…
Any nature lover, biologist or paleontologist that does not know Sir David Attenborough probably does not deserve to be called one- a bit of an exaggeration but such is the stature of the man and the quality of his work that it deserves a lot of celebration and respect.
This must have been the thinking behind the naming of a tiny 430-million-year-old fossil of a crustacean discovered “frozen in time” in ancient volcanic rock after him by researchers from the universities of Oxford, Leicester, Yale and Imperial College London. It is called Cascolus Ravitis which sounds nothing like the name ‘David Attenborough’ but the BBC reports that ‘Ravitis’ is is a reference to Roman name for Leicester, where Sir David lived on the city’s university campus as a child.
Other objects and species named after him include:
- A pygmy grasshopper species named Electrotettix attenboroughi found in 2014 preserved in amber in the Dominican Republic
- A long-beaked echidna given the name Zaglossus attenboroughi which lives in the forested areas of New Guinea
- A rare butterfly named Euptychia attenboroughi, in honour of his love for butterflies, which live in tropical forests in places like Colombia and Brazil
- A flightless weevil from Indonesia was given the name Trigonopterus attenboroughi
- A species of wildflower named the Attenborough Hawkweed discovered in the Brecon Beacons
- Dinosaur Attenborosaurus conybeare – a type of plesiosaur which lived millions of years ago
- A polar research ship called the RRS Sir David Attenborough – which was given his name despite the title “Boaty McBoatface” topping a public vote (Source: BBC)
A nice list of animals and things to have named after you indeed.