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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Scientists named spider species after Barack and Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Leonardo DiCaprio & other icons

Bernie spider

Scientists have named 15 new species of spiders after former President Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Leonardo DiCaprio, David Bowie, David Attenborough and others.

The names are Spintharus barackobamai, S. michelleobamaae, S. berniesandersi, davidattenboroughi S. davidbowiei and S. leonardodicaprioi among others.

The species of spiders are the newest identified spiders by a scientist and four of his undergraduate students at the University of Vermont according to Ingi Agnarsson, a spider expert and professor of biology at UVM.  Agnarsson said,
“In naming these spiders … the students and I wanted to honor people who stood up for both human rights and warned about climate change — leaders and artists who promoted sensible approaches for a better world,”  
“We don't mean this to be a political paper. We decided to honor the people who we think are doing the right thing,” 
The study is published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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