New swamp fossil named after Mick Jagger

PTI| Updated: Sep 12, 2014, 09:43 AM IST
New swamp fossil named after Mick Jagger

 

London: A prehistoric swamp creature has been named after Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger.

The Jaggermeryx naida, or 'Jagger's water nymph', lived 19 million years ago in Africa, reportedly.

Researchers say the newly discovered species shared something in common with the 71-year-old lead vocalist's super-sized lips.

"I'm a huge Stones fan," explained anthropologist Dr Ellen Miller of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, who was part of a team who found the fossil.

"Some of my colleagues suggested naming the new species after Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, because she also has famous lips. But for me it had to be Mick," Miller added.

The creature belonged to a family of extinct hoofed animals called anthracotheres. Jaggermeryx is one of six species of anthracotheres found at the site, but what distinguished it from other members of this family was a series of tiny holes on either side of its jaw that held the nerves providing sensation to the chin and lower lip.