Read More: Ancient 'Lizard King' lizard named after Jim Morrison "You know that it would be untrue, you know that it would be a lie, if we were to say to you that paleontologists don't occasionally give funny names to their fossil finds." 'Lizard King' fossil shows giant reptiles coexisted with mammals during globally warm past "Some 40 million years before rock singer Jim Morrison's lyrics earned him the moniker "the Lizard King," an actual king lizard roamed the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia, competing with mammals for food and other resources." Lady Gaga Has an Entire Genus of Plants Named After Her "When scientists make a discovery, they often get first dibs on how it should be named or referred to. Usually they'll-rather arrogantly-choose their own name, but not a team of researchers from Duke University: instead, they chose Lady Gaga's." The Beyonce fly: Researchers name insect with golden behind after singer "Australian researchers have named a rare horse fly after Beyonce in honour of its impressive golden behind." Edward Scissorhands Fossil Found "An Edward Scissorhands-like fossil has emerged from a national park in Canada, British researchers reported." Slime-mold Beetles Named for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld "Namesakes of the U.S. President and two of his key people might be crawling around your back yard as you read this." 33 New Species of Trapdoor Spider Discovered "The discovery of 33 new species of sneaky trapdoor spiders boosts the total number described in one genus from seven species to 40." Watch More: Dolphins Have Names: http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-158-dolphins-give-each-other-unique-names Unusual Mating Habits: http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-280-4-unusual-animal-mating-habits Slow Mo Yo-Yo: http://testtube.com/distort/slo-mo-yo-yo
Fact: If you discover a new species, you get to name it. And instead of naming these new species after themselves, many scientists have taken to the tabloids in search of inspiration. Anthony goes down the list of plants and animals named after celebrities.
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