n Australia, researchers discovered a new marine animal that lived in the ocean 500 million years ago. The animal was named after Barack Obama and bears the name 'Obamus coronatus'. Obama's passion for science served as inspiration for naming.
Researchers from the University of California (UCR) found a new marine animal along a mountain range in Australia. They called the disc-shaped animal "Obamus coronatus" after former US President Barack Obama. The fossil was not named after Obama for nothing. According to the UCR, he has a great passion for science.
The animal is very small - about 0.5 to 2 centimeters wide - and has spiral grooves on its back. The creature lived on the bottom of shallow oceans, along with a pile of other organisms that probably never changed places. "The Obamus coronatus did not seem to move anymore, but was embedded in the ocean mat," the researchers said.
The animal's print was spotted in the sandstone of a particularly well-preserved fossil bed in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. The fossil was next to the 'Attenborites janeae', another new species that was named after the famous Sir David Attenborough, an English naturalist and journalist. Researchers estimate that both animals lived about 580 to 540 million years ago.
UCR professor of paleontology Mary Droser, who led several studies on both creatures, said researchers were fortunate enough to experience such an incredible discovery. "I have been working in this region for 30 years and I have never had such a beautifully preserved bed seen with so many high-quality and rare specimens, including Obamus and Attenborites, "she said