Tiny shrimp fossil named after Sir David Attenborough

Mar 24, 2017 11:05 IST

Sir David Attenborough A group of researchers have found a tiny shrimp-like fossil, which is thought to be around 430 million-years-old.

The creature was preserved in ancient volcanic rock. The researchers decided to name it after their favourite naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

The creature has been named as Cascolus Ravitis, which is a combination of the Latin word for Attenborough, and the Roman word for Leicester, where the naturalist lived.

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Who is Sir David Attenborough?

Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist.

He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit. The series collectively form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on the planet.

He has also served as a former senior manager at the BBC. He served as controller of BBC Two and Director of Programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.

He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, and 3D.

He was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide poll for the BBC in 2002.

At least 15 species and genera, both living and extinct, have been named in his honour.

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