A newly discovered ancient sea creature that lived 500 million years ago was named Obamus coronatus، after former U.S. President Barack Obama، as Technical Timessaid.
The ancient animal was discovered alongside Attenborites janeae، which was named after Sir David Attenborough. The English naturalist and broadcaster is not as popular as Obama but was known for his advocacy for science and support for paleontology. A team of researchers led by scientists from the University of California-Riverside discovered the two ancient sea creatures in a well-preserved fossil bed in a mountain range in southern Australia. Obamus coronatus، the discovery of which was published on the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences، was a tiny disc-shaped animal that measured about half of an inch long، with raised spiral grooves on the surface. It is believed that have spent its whole life embedded in the ocean floor and not moving. Why would such an animal be named after Obama? According to scientists، Obamus coronatus was named after Obama simply because of the former president's passion for science. Coronatus، meanwhile، stands for "crowned." Attenborites janeae، meanwhile، had the shape of an egg and looked like a raisin. Janeae is in honor of Jane Fargher، who is the co-owner of the property where the ancient sea creature fossils were discovered.