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A giant fossil is given a Middle-earth name

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Nov 12 2020, 4:56am

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The discovery of an extinct species of monk seal, which lived 3 million years ago, overturns what we previously knew about how seals evolved.

James Rule at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and his colleagues identified the new species while examining fossil specimens that had been found on beaches in South Taranaki, on the west coast of New Zealandís North Island.

It has been named Eomonachus belegaerensis, after the fictional Belegaer sea from J.R.R. Tolkienís Lord of the Rings.

You can read the full article here: https://www.newscientist.com/...south/#ixzz6dYN3SS3k

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Nov 12 2020, 3:23pm

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Belegaer [In reply to] Can't Post

Belegaer, the semi-fictional sea? Isn't it essentially the Atlantic Ocean? In that case I'm not sure the name Eomonachus belegaerensis is actually appropriate. Maybe the seal should have been named after Ekkaia, the Outer Sea.


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Nov 18 2020, 8:34pm

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I like that they named an animal after a sea that Tolkien invented such a beautiful name for. [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for reporting!

By the way, here is a longer list with some other things named after Tolkien words ...


Have fun skimming through it Wink

(This post was edited by Mari D. on Nov 18 2020, 8:34pm)


Nov 19 2020, 1:49am

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And Jane Goodall named a chimp Frodo. // [In reply to] Can't Post



Nov 19 2020, 2:39am

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Yes, Jane Goodall. A most excellent and admirable Woman. [In reply to] Can't Post

Kindred spirits do pop up in the most unlikely places.Smile


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