Scientists honor Obama by naming the ancient sea creature after him

An ocean creature found in Australia by the researchers is named after the former President of the usa, Barack Obama.

(AP/UCR Today)

A newly-discovered sea creature that lived at the bottom of the sea 500 million years ago, just got a name fit for a president — literally.

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, (UCR) and James Gehling, a senior research scientist at the South Australian Museum, who found the old fossil along a mountain range in Australia, the name of the disc-shaped animal “Obamus coronatus,” after the former President Barack Obama.

Obama’s “passion for science” served as the inspiration behind its scientific name, UCR is explained in an online statement Monday.


The animal is very small, approximately 0.5 to 2 inches in — increased with spiral grooves on its back. The creature lived on the bottom of shallow oceans, along with a pile of other organisms, probably never change locations.

“Obamus coronatus does not seem to move, but it was embedded, the ocean mat,” the researchers said.

The print of the animal was spotted in the sandstone of a “particularly well-preserved fossil bed” in South Australia, the Flinders Ranges, in addition to “Attenborites janeae,” a new species it now has links with another popular figure: Sir David Attenborough, an English naturalist and broadcaster.

Obamus coronatus (left) and Attenborites janeae (right) were discovered in a mountain range in Australia.

(UCR Today)

The egg-shaped animal, named after the wild animals lawyer is “less than an inch in diameter, was decorated with internal grooves and ridges give it a raisin-like appearance,” UCR added.


The researchers estimate that both animals lived about 580 to 540 million years ago.

UCR professor of paleontology Mary Droser, that several studies about the two beings, thus the researchers were lucky to have such an incredible find.

“I have worked in this region for 30 years, and I’ve never seen such a beautifully preserved bed with so many high quality and rare specimens, including Obamus and Attenborites,” she said. “The two families that identified we are with a new body plan, in contrast to something else that has described.”

The researchers have recently published two papers detailing their findings in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences.

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