News - September 12, 2014

Prehistoric pig named after Mick Jagger
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Prehistoric pig named after Mick Jagger

A 19-million-year-old ‘water pig’ has been named after Mick Jagger by scientists.

Recently discovered in Egypt, after the finding of pieces fossilised jaw, the species resembling a “long-legged” pig was been given The Rolling Stones frontman’s name due to it having “tactile lips”. It’s full names is Jaggermeryx naiad, which means ‘Jagger’s water nymph’.

“I’m a huge Stones fan,” confessed Wake University associate professor Ellen Miller, who co-authoered the paper in September’s Journal Of Paleontology detailing the discovery. Speaking to The Guardian, she explained that the creature’s �highly innervarted muzzle with mobile and tactile lips” clearly reminded her of the singer.

“We imagine that [the pig’s] lifestyle was like that of a water deer, standing in water and foraging for plants along the river,” continued Miller.

Other singers to have species named after them include Beyonce, Bob Marley and Lady Gaga.

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