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GOJIRA Has Three Fossils Named After Them Now

Ophiogojira, a 190-million-year old brittle star.

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Gojira joins the small-but-impressive club of metal bands whose name has made it into scientific terminology. 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 brittle stars after all the band's members. They are Ophiogojira labadiei and Ophiogojira andreui, as well as a closely-related third fossil named Ophioduplantiera noctiluca

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"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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