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Ancient fossil named after Johnny Depp

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

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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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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).

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