Deep Purple’s Ian Paice And Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake Get Fossils Named After Them

Scientists recently honored Deep Purple’s Ian Paice and Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake by naming some ancient fossils after them. The two specimens, Ophiopetagno Paicei and Muldaster Haakei, are extinct brittle stars that were taken from 428-million-year-old rocks located on the Swedish island of Gotland.

Dr. Ben Thuy from the Natural History Museum Luxembourg commented:

“Analyzing fossils the size of a dust grain and delving deeply into complex evolutionary patterns can be mind-wrecking. The music of Deep Purple and Meshuggah really helped us blow off steam, renew inspiration and calm our minds.”

“During the time our study was compiled, I recorded the drums for the upcoming album of Luxembourg-based metal band Sleepers’ Guilt, so it was an obvious choice to honor two of my idols.”

Prof. Mats E. Eriksson of Lund University continued:

“Ian Paice of Deep Purple and Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake are two of the most prolific and influential drummers of all time.”

Eriksson went on to say that they also chose to honor metal artwork legend Joe Petagno as well:

“Joe has a history of including zoological objects in his paintings and has provided artwork for some of my previous fossil discoveries. Naming a fossil in his honor was long overdue.”

Petagno added:

“In my wildest fantasies (and I have a lot of them) I never thought I would have a fossil named after me, and a stunning brittle star over 400 million years old. Far out — way out there. I am truly honored.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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