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article imageNew fossil species from Canada named after movie star Johnny Depp

By Igor I. Solar     May 16, 2013 in Science
London - A 500-million-year old marine fossil with scissor-shaped claws was described and named by a British researcher as "Kooteninchela deppi" inspired by the character in the movie "Edward Scissorhands" starring Johnny Depp.
Kooteninchela deppi was found in deposits dating from the Middle Cambrian era in Stanley Glacier in the region currently known as Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, Canada.
About 500 million years ago the area was part of the western coast of Canada. The little animal was
Kooteninchela deppi. Fossil discovered with scissor hand-like claws named in honour of movie star.
Kooteninchela deppi. Fossil discovered with scissor hand-like claws named in honour of movie star.
Imperial College of London
approximately four centimetres long with an elongated body of at least 29 segments with millipede-like legs and a head with large eyes on movable stalks, and two thin appendages resembling antenna. The two anterior limbs were short, but strong, ending in a three-pronged claw. The fossil is a distant ancestor of the lobsters and scorpions. It lived in shallow waters off the west coast of Canada.
The fossil was identified by David Legg, a researcher from the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, who acknowledges being a fan of Johnny Deep and his movie character Edward Scissorhands (1990).
“When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands. Even the genus name, Kooteninchela, includes the reference to this film as “chela” is Latin for claws or scissors. In truth, I am also a bit of a Depp fan and so what better way to honour the man than to immortalise him as an ancient creature that once roamed the sea?”, said Legg, according to a report from the Imperial College, London.
The research was published in the May issue of the Journal of Paleontology with the title "Multi-Segmented Arthropods from the Middle Cambrian of British Columbia (Canada).”
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