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Rock & Roll Animals: 22 Weird Creatures Named After Superstars

Freddie Mercury, Jerry Garcia, the Beatles and more artists have inspired the scientific names of rare species

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Scientists recently named a new Caribbean fish parasite Gnathia marleyi, after reggae legend Bob Marley. (Pictured at left, inset, is a similar parasite.) As it turns out, Marley isn't the only star to be immortalized forever in the annals of zoology. Check out these other animals who were named after some rock & roll bigwigs – just wait until you see the critter version of the Fab Four.

By Jessica Misener

keith richards rock animal

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Perirehaedulus richardsi (Keith Richards, trilobite)

Trilobites – an extinct class of sea-living arthropods that died out 250 million years ago – have some of the most rock & roll names in biological history. This species was named after the Rolling Stones' legendary guitarist.

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simon and garfunkel rock animals

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Avalanchurus simoni and Avalanchurus garfunkeli (Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, trilobites)

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The Trilo-Beatles

425 million years ago, a less-handsome version of the Fab Four roamed the earth as prehistoric ocean dwellers. Avalanchurus lennoni (John Lennon) and Avalanchurus starri (Ringo Starr) belonged to the same genus as their Simon & Garfunkel-named friends, while Struszia harrisoni (George Harrison) and Struszia mccartneyi (Paul McCartney) came from a different genus. Together, they comprised one of the greatest bands in evolutionary history.

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