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Fossil named after Johnny Depp

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May 19, 2013 | 5:15pm EDT

Johnny Depp has had an extinct sea creature named in his honour. British scientist David Legg, from Imperial College London, recently discovered the 505 million-year-old fossil, a distant ancestor of lobsters and scorpions which had scissor-like claws, and decided to call it Kooteninchela deppi after drawing inspiration from the actor's classic movie Edward Scissorhands. He explains, "When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species, I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands. Even the genus name, Kootenichela, includes the reference to this film, as 'chela' is Latin for claws or scissors. "In truth, I am also a bit of a Depp fan and so what better way to honour the man than to immortalise him as an ancient creature that once roamed the sea?"

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