A Kent State (Ohio) researcher, helped discovered a new species of hermit crab that is now named after Michael, the King of Pop.
The fossil was found in northern Spain by a group of paleontologists on June 25, 2009, the same day that Michael died. The research team was sitting in a restaurant later that day when they learned the news that Michael had passed away.
“Michael Jackson’s music will no doubt live a very long time and influence many people so I think the name is appropriate,” said Adiël Klompmaker, a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Geology at Kent State. That’s how the hermit crab that lived about 100 million years ago ended up with the name mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni.”