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Damselfly named after Sir David Attenborough

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A new species of damselfly from the Cretaceous period has been named after the iconic naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough.

The new discovery, described in detail in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, was made in the Hukawng Valley of Kachin Province in Myanmar. The fossil was found in a piece of mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. The full scientific name for the new species, belonging to a group more commonly known as shadowdamsels, is Mesosticta davidattenboroughi. Researchers decided to name the new species after David Attenborough because of his long-standing appreciation of dragonflies, and to celebrate his recent 90th birthday.

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-david-attenborough-gains-species-namesake.html

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He should have something more substantial named after him, like the Moon...or Earth...or a Khaki clad Lion...

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Attenborough has so many species named after him, it's amazing.

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Lunar Colony Attenborough sounds about right ...

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The United Kingdom of Great Britain, northern Ireland and Sir David Attenborough...

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