UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Fossils of an ancient sea creature that lived about 550 million years ago were found locked within Australian sandstone.
Scientists say they represent a new species and they’ve named it after former President Barack Obama.
“Obamus coronatus” was officially introduced in papers published June 14in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences.
The word “coronatus” means “crowned” in Latin.
Scientists at the University of California-Riverside described Obamus as an immobile, disc-shaped creature up to 2 centimeters across that was embedded into the ocean floor.
It’s thought to be one of the first animals to ever exist on Earth, though the species is now extinct.
Scientists named it after Obama due to his passion and contributions to the field of science. But it’s not the first species named after the former president.
In 2016, scientists named a parasitic worm and a colorful, tropical fish after Obama.