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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