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#1 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:35 PM

http://www.thebunsen...ter-bob-marley/

Paul Sikkel of the University of Arkansas names a newly-discovered parasite after Bob Marley. The blood-sucking parasite was found in the Virgin Islands.



A tiny, blood-drinking crustacean parasite has been discovered by Paul Sikkel of the Arkansas State University. Dr. Sikkel, an assistant professor of marine ecology, named the new species Gnathia marleyi after legendary reggae artist Bob Marley. Sikkel and his research team presented their findings concerning the new species in the June 6 issue of Zootaxia.
Dr. Sikkel says of the new species: “I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley’s music. Plus, this species is as uniquely Caribbean as was Marley.” Naming the Caribbean crustacean after Bob Marley is a fitting tribute, as the reggae singer was born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.
The Christian Science Monitor notes that Bob Marley now belongs to a very special club of people who have each had a biological species named after them. That club includes President Barack Obama, whose name encouraged researchers to name a lichen growing in California after him. Other members of the club include comedian Stephen Colbert, Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and R&B star Beyonce.




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Interesting choice. I mean, I love Bob Marley as much as the next rasta-far-eye, but a blood sucking parasite? :dunno:

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:00 PM

Yeah, maybe something that sucks on plant matter :gregoir: might have been more appropriate.

#3 In A Silent Way

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:56 PM

Other members of the club include comedian Stephen Colbert, Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and R&B star Beyonce.


Any article that doesn't mention the jellyfish Phialella zappai is a fail.

#4 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:29 PM

Nice catch, Dave.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 06:20 PM

what about the spider named for Lou Reed? http://www.sci-news....ticle00339.html

#6 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 06:50 PM

Hey, man. This is about Bob Marley's blood sucking parasite, not Zappa's jellyfish or Lou Reed's Spider.

Oh, who am i kidding. I only posted it because i thought the choice was rather strange for Marley.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:19 PM

Trustifarian with a PhD names blood-sucking species after his musical and cultural hero, forgets that said hero was a vegetarian. Hilarity ensues.