New Fish Species Named after Four Democrats…One RepublicanBy Michael Frank on November 27th, 2012
According to Prof Richard Mayden of the Saint Louis University’s Department of Biology and Dr. Steven Layman of Geosyntec Consultants, authors of a paper that describes the newly found species in the Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, five new fish species of darters found in Eastern freshwater were named after former or current U.S leaders who have worked to promote conservation and environmental protection: Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Barack Obama. Whether it’s worth being president (or veep) to have a fish named after you is debatable; it’s probably not debatable that it’s boneheaded to stir festering wounds of partisanship after a bitter election — especially in science, where politics really don’t belong at all. Via Sci-News.
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