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‘Scissor-handed’ creepy-crawly named after Johnny Depp

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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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.



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。





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