Why UC Riverside researchers named this sea fossil after Barack Obama

You’re welcome, Obama.

A team led by UC Riverside professor Mary Droser had Former President Barack Obama’s commitment to science in mind as they dug in an Australian desert. So when they uncovered the fossil of two never-discovered types of creature that lived 580 to 540 million years ago, they decided to name the first of the animals after Obama.

The other honors English naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

“We wanted to celebrate the advocacy of both Obama and...

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