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‘Scissor-handed’ creepy-crawly named after Johnny Depp
「剪刀手」昆蟲以影星強尼戴普來命名

A handout picture released by Imperial College London on May 17 shows the fossilized remains of the scissor-hands-like claws of Kootenichela deppi.
這張五月十七日由倫敦帝國學院發佈的照片,呈現「剪刀手」昆蟲Kootenichela deppi的化石。

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照片:法新社

The science world has paid homage to Johnny Depp by giving his name to an extinct creepy-crawly with “scissor hand-like” claws reminiscent of one of the Hollywood actor’s best-known roles.

Kooteninchela deppi, a 505-million-year-old distant ancestor of lobsters and scorpions, has been named for Depp’s famous portrayal of a gentle freak named Edward Scissorhands in the 1990 eponymous film, according to a study in the Journal of Palaeontology.

“When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species, I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands,” researcher David Legg of Imperial College London said in a statement.

The “chela” in the genus name Kooteninchela given to the recently-discovered fossilized critter is another reference to the film character, as it means “claws” or “scissors” in Latin.

The animal, about four centimeters long with millipede-like legs, lived in shallow seas off the coast of British Columbia in Canada during the Cambrian period. It was probably a hunter or scavenger, using its claws with their elongated spines to capture prey or probe the sea floor for creatures in hiding.

(AFP)

科學界最近向好萊塢影星強尼戴普致敬,用他的名字來替一種長有類似「剪刀手」螯足的已絕種生物命名,因為這種螯足令人想起戴普所扮演過最知名的角色之一。

根據《古生物學期刊》上的一份研究指出,距今五億五百萬年的生物Kooteninchela deppi是龍蝦和蠍子的遠祖,因為令人想起戴普在一九九○年同名電影中所扮演的知名角色、性格溫和的怪胎剪刀手愛德華,而以戴普來命名。

「當我第一次看到這種生物化石紀錄裡的那對獨立螯足時,實在禁不住想起剪刀手愛德華。」倫敦大學帝國學院研究人員雷格在聲明中指出。

這個新近才被發現的化石生物所被給予的屬名Kooteninchela中,chela指的也是同一電影角色,因為這個字在拉丁文中意為「鉗子」或「剪刀」。

這種生物長約四公分,長有類似馬陸的腳,在寒武紀時代生活於加拿大英屬哥倫比亞海岸外的淺海地區。它很可能是獵食者或食腐動物,會伸長脊椎並使用螯足來捕捉獵物,或搜尋躲藏在海床裡的動物。

(法新社/翻譯:俞智敏)

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