Scientists Name Three New Fossils After Gojira

Paleontologists Lea Numberger and Ben Thuy from the Natural History Museum Luxembourg and biologist Tania Pineda from the Florida Museum of Natural History have named three new brittle star fossils after Gojira. Two specimens will be called Ophiogojira labadiei and Ophiogojira andreui, while a third closely-related fossil will be called Ophioduplantiera noctiluca. Gojira commented:

“Meet Ophiogojira, a 190-million-year old brittle star named after Gojira. The new fossil comprises two species, Ophiogojira labadiei and Ophiogojira andreui, honoring Gojira’s Jean-Michel Labadie and Christian Andreu, respectively. A third closely related fossil from the same collection was named after Joe and Mario Duplantier: Ophioduplantiera noctiluca. The new fossils were discovered by paleontologists Lea Numberger and Ben Thuy from the Natural History Museum Luxembourg, and biologist Tania Pineda from the Florida Museum of Natural History. Gojira are now part of Earth’s history, and a small step closer to immortality.”

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