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Illustration for article titled Ancient, big-lipped swamp creature named after Mick Jagger, presumably as compliment

Scientists have named a newly discovered extinct animalnotable for its prominent, grasping lipsafter Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Dubbed Jaggermeryx naida by Duke University researchers, the extinct mammal was apparently a deer-sized mixture of a pig and a hippopotamus, which actually sounds a lot cuter than the real Mick Jagger. The ancient, leathery-skinned beast has yet to release a comment about scientists naming another animal after him.

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Indeed, this isn’t the first time Jagger has had researchers honor him in this way. He’s also the namesake of Aegrotocatellus jaggeri, a trilobite, as well as Anomphalus jaggerius, a kind of snail. He shares the multiple animal namesake honor with such other luminaries as Frank Zappa (snail, spider, bacteria, jellyfish, gerbil), Barack Obama (spider, reptile, fish, worm, lichen), Arnold Schwarzenegger (spider, beetle), and Adolf Hitler (beetle, insect), because scientists have the same small reference pool as the rest of us. Still, none of those guys have scored anything as big as an extinct hippo-pig, proving once and for all: Mick Jagger is better than Hitler.

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