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Prehistoric ‘Long-Legged Pig’ Named After Lookalike Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger, or prehistoric pig? You be the judge. (Wikimedia Commons)

In what really doesn’t sound like a flattering gesture at all, scientists have named a recently-discovered prehistoric pig after Mick Jagger because they look alike.

Researchers noticed that the 19 million-year-old “long legged pig” fossil, discovered in a remote location in Egypt, had a very distinct snout, the Guardian reports. A self-proclaimed “huge Stones fan,” researcher Ellen Miller said the “highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips” reminded her of none other than Mr. Jagger. They named the creature Jaggermeryx naida. Read More

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Biologists Name New Water Mite Species After Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo the human (not the water mite). (Wikipedia)

It’s cool to win a Grammy or go platinum or get a dumb guest role on an episode of Glee, but nowadays the true mark of musical achievement is having a gross-looking bug named after you.

Jennifer Lopez has become the namesake of a new species of water mite found near Puerto Rico, the AP reports. Biologists named the mite Litarachna lopezae not just because Ms. Lopez has Puerto Rican heritage, but also because they rocked out (as biologists do) to her music as they wrote about their discovery. Read More