Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Ancient fossil named after Johnny Depp


Posted on Monday, 20 May, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 3.0 Caroline B. Ucci

 
A 505 million-year-old fossil has been named after its resemblance to film character Edward Scissorhands.

"Kooteninchela deppi" was a distant ancestor of today's lobsters and scorpions, an ancient sea-dwelling creature with long scissor-like claws that very much resemble those of the titular character from Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands" as played by actor Johnny Depp.

"When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands," said researcher David Legg. "Even the genus name, Kootenichela, includes the reference to this film as ‘chela’ is Latin for claws or scissors. In truth, I am also a bit of a Depp fan and so what better way to honour the man than to immortalise him as an ancient creature that once roamed the sea?"

"A scientist has discovered an ancient extinct creature with scissor hand-like claws in fossil records and named it in honour of movie star."

  View: Full article |  Source: Imperial College London

  Discuss: View comments (16)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by third_eye on 20 May, 2013, 12:44
I just hope someone discovers a slug and names it 'mollusca jabbahuttii' :-) well we might just as well ..... lol sure sounds a hell of a lot more nicer than "Kooteninchela deppi"
Comment icon #8 Posted by shrooma on 20 May, 2013, 12:57
well we might just as well ..... lol sure sounds a hell of a lot more nicer than "Kooteninchela deppi" . and a damn sight easier to pronounce too third eye!! :-)
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye on 20 May, 2013, 13:02
. and a damn sight easier to pronounce too third eye!! :-) huhhr huaarh huurhr ... Jabba good for science huhhr hurh huarhr
Comment icon #10 Posted by dibatag on 20 May, 2013, 23:02
This just cuts me up
Comment icon #11 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 20 May, 2013, 23:16
Cool looking creature.
Comment icon #12 Posted by dharma warrior on 21 May, 2013, 2:24
Johnny's bangin Amber Heard. He could care less about some fossil.
Comment icon #13 Posted by madduke on 21 May, 2013, 13:05
"Congratulations! You look like an ancient fossil!"
Comment icon #14 Posted by curiouse on 26 May, 2013, 6:42
How cool, I bet Mr Depp is honoured,
Comment icon #15 Posted by curiouse on 26 May, 2013, 6:44
How cool, I bet Mr Depp is honoured,
Comment icon #16 Posted by d e v i c e on 17 July, 2013, 19:21
Well, the way I see it, it was Tim Burton who created Edward Scissorhands not Johnny Depp - who's just a guy with a pretty face, who got lucky trying his hand at acting. It should be renamed, Kooteninchela burtoni (pronounced Koo-ten-ee-che-la ber-tone-eye).


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Plastic-eating caterpillar could aid disposal
4-26-2017
A species of caterpillar known to eat wax inside beehives has been found to eat plastic bags as well.
Trump urges NASA to speed up Mars mission
4-25-2017
The US President has stated that he would like to see astronauts visiting Mars before the year 2021.
Mysterious Canadian aurora nicknamed 'Steve'
4-25-2017
The phenomenon was first discovered by a group of amateur Aurora Borealis photographers in Alberta.
Scientists retrieve DNA of HMS Terror crew
4-25-2017
A new study is aiming to identify some of the sailors who died during the ill-fated Arctic expedition.
Other news in this category
Mystery human species had an advanced brain
Posted 4-24-2017 | 1 comment
Homo naledi's brain may not have been as big as that of a modern human, but it was still sophisticated....
 
Fossilized dinosaur eggs unearthed in China
Posted 4-23-2017 | 7 comments
Discovered near Foshan in the southeast of the country, the eggs date back over 70 million years....
 
'Hobbits' much older than previously thought
Posted 4-21-2017 | 2 comments
Scientists have revealed that Homo floresiensis is actually one of the earliest known forms of human....
 
Tallest men trace back to mammoth hunters
Posted 4-13-2017 | 19 comments
A new study has linked a prehistoric population of mammoth hunters with some of today's tallest people....
 
Tyrannosaurs used 'sixth sense' to hunt prey
Posted 3-30-2017 | 38 comments
The giant two-legged carnivores of the Cretaceous had more than just big teeth and jaws in their arsenal....
 
Australia's own 'Jurassic Park' discovered
Posted 3-27-2017 | 10 comments
Scientists have identified a site containing thousands of footprints from 21 different dinosaur species....
 
Scotland could be birthplace of the dinosaurs
Posted 3-23-2017 | 16 comments
A major shakeup of the dinosaur family tree has suggested that they may have originated in the UK....
 
World's oldest plant fossil discovered
Posted 3-14-2017 | 0 comments
The groundbreaking find pushes back the evolution of complex life forms by another 400 million years....
 
Ancient human cranium unearthed in Portugal
Posted 3-14-2017 | 12 comments
The 400,000-year-old fossil cranium has been hailed as the oldest discovery of its kind in the country....
 
DNA offers clues to woolly mammoth's demise
Posted 3-4-2017 | 13 comments
An analysis of mammoth DNA has revealed that the species had become wracked with genetic disease....
 
Mystery surrounds ancient skulls in China
Posted 3-4-2017 | 14 comments
Two partial human skulls unearthed in central China could belong to an unknown archaic human species....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ