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."
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Source: Imperial College London
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