Sir David Attenborough has had a shrimp fossil named after him

Lian Parsons
Attenborough has probably gotten used to this by now
Attenborough has probably gotten used to this by now (Source: Getty Images)

Sir David Attenborough has had yet another species named after him, Cascolus Ravitis, after a 430-million-year-old fossil was discovered in Hertfordshire.

Cascolus is a Latin translation of the Old English equivalent to Attenbourough and Ravitis references the Roman name for Leicester, where the naturalist grew up.

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The fossil, measuring less than 1cm long, is of a crustacean and dates back to an era when animals first began moving onto land.

In response to the newest addition to his namesake collection, Attenborough said:

The biggest compliment that a biologist or palaeontologist can pay to another one is to name a fossil in his honour and I take this as a very great compliment.

The 90-year-old broadcaster has had about 20 different species both living and extinct named for him, including a millimetre-long goblin spider (Prethopalpus attenboroughi), one of four species of long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus attenboroughi) and a miniature marsupial lion (Microleo attenboroughi) from 18 million years ago.

And, of course, the RSS Sir David Attenborough, also dubbed Boaty McBoatface by the good people of the internet.

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Here's a full list:



Other animals



  • Research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough

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