Pictures: Creatures named after Sir David Attenborough
As a tiny 430 million-year-old shrimp-like fossil becomes the latest creature to join the Attenborough-gang, here's a look at just some of the creatures who have taken Attenborough's name...
Sir David Attenborough has brought wildlife to people's televisions for more than 60 years. He's inspired many people to take an interest in animals.
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This 3D model shows Attenborough's most recent namesake. It's a tiny fossil that was found preserved in ancient volcanic rock. Researchers have named it Cascolus Ravitis which is a combination of the Latin word for Attenborough (Cascolus) and the Roman word for Leicester (Ravitis) where David grew up.
Sir David spent many days hunting for fossils as a child so it makes sense that they named this pleiosaur Attenborosaurus conybeare after him. It is a type of animal that lived in the sea millions of years ago, at the same time as some dinosaurs.
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A pygmy grasshopper species was named Electrotettix attenboroughi after Sir David. It was found in 2014 preserved in amber in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.
Say hello to a long-beaked echidna. This prickly creature lives in forested areas of New Guinea. It was given the name Zaglossus attenboroughi in honour of Sir David.
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This beautiful butterfly was named Euptychia attenboroughi in honour of Sir David, who has a huge love of butterflies. They live in tropical forests in places like Colombia and Brazil and are very, very rare.
This little, flightless weevil from Indonesia was given the name Trigonopterus attenboroughii.
Here is a model of an armoured prehistoric fish, recreated from a fossil. It was found in the Gogo area of Western Australia and was named Materpiscis attenboroughi.
BONUS: Ok, it's not technically a 'creature'.... but this polar research ship was officially named the RRS Sir David Attenborough to honour Sir David's 90th birthday, despite the name "Boaty McBoatface" winning a public vote.