Along came a spider, Neil Young

Last week, Jason Bond (interesting mashup of Jason Bourne and James Bond) a researcher at East Carolina University named a newly identified species of trap door spider after peninsula celebrity and rock legend Neil Young. The spider is named Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, and was discovered in Alabama last year.

“There are rather strict rules about how you name new species,” Bond said. “As long as these rules are followed you can give a new species just about any name you please. With regards to Neil Young, I really enjoy his music and have had a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice.”

Photo of spider, ECU News Services. Photo of Neil, Cover Lay Down.

Other famous namings of new species? Any suggestions out there?

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