Paleontologists love their rock, that it comes in fossil form and just turns up heavy music. Perhaps this explains why so many recently discovered fossils are named after rock musicians. The latest to be hailed in such an affair include Ian Paice of Deep Purple, Tomas Haake of Meshuggah and Joe Petagno, creator of Deep Purple artwork.
As revealed in a new Communications biology article, the three new fossils all have connections to the rock community. Ophiopetagno Paicei was named after Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and artwork creator Joe Petagno, while Muldaster Haakei refers to Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake. Both fossils are extinct brittle stars that were recovered from 428 million year old rocks on the Swedish island of Gotland.
“Analyzing fossils the size of a grain of dust and delving deep into complex evolutionary patterns can be mind-boggling,” says Dr Ben Thuy of the Natural History Museum Luxembourg, lead author of the study who is also a drummer in his spare time. lost. “The music of Deep Purple and Meshuggah really helped us blow off some steam, renew our inspiration and calm our spirits,” Thuy said, adding, “While compiling our study, I recorded the drums for the next one. Luxembourg metal album Sleepers’ Guilt, so it was an obvious choice to honor two of my idols “, he explained.
Also commenting on the newly named fossils, co-author Professor Mats E. Eriksson of Lund University added: “Ian Paice of Deep Purple and Tomas Haake of Meshuggah are two of the most prolific and influential drummers of all the time.
He added of Petagno: “Joe has a habit of including zoological objects in his paintings and has provided illustrations for some of my previous fossil finds. Naming a fossil in his honor was long overdue.
Hearing about this honor, Petagno said, “In my wildest fantasies (and I have a lot of them), I never thought I would have a fossil with my name and a superb older brittlebug. 400 million years old. the low. I am truly honored. “
Take a closer look at the two fossils on this location.