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New Beetle Named After Charles Darwin and David Sedaris 35

sciencehabit writes "On Charles Darwin's 205th birthday, one beetle he found in Argentina is being recognized as a new species. An entomologist discovered the insect, with unusually saw-toothed antennae and a label reading 'C. Darwin', in a collection on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, where it had been misplaced for at least decades. The beetle represented a new species, Darwinilus sedarisi, named after Darwin and the writer David Sedaris, whose audiobooks the scientist listened to while preparing specimens."
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New Beetle Named After Charles Darwin and David Sedaris

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  • by CrankyFool (680025) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @11:15PM (#46235505)

    I'm ... really sure that Darwin did not listen to David Sedaris' audiobooks while categorizing species. Working out why this is so is left up to the student as an exercise.

    • by quantaman (517394)

      Well if Darwin wasn't a Sedaris fan he sure didn't know what he was missing.

      • by flyneye (84093)

        No, no its a NEW Beatle.
        John Lennon
        Paul McArtney
        Geo. Harrison
        Ringo Starr
        Charles Sedaris
        Actually, not very new, Yoko took off the disguise and VIOLA!

        • by grcumb (781340)

          No, no its a NEW Beatle.
          John Lennon
          Paul McArtney
          Geo. Harrison
          Ringo Starr
          Charles Sedaris
          Actually, not very new, Yoko took off the disguise and VIOLA!

          Guitar, bass, guitar, drums... and... viola?!?

          ... Could work, I guess.

    • All the same, with the boycott going on, I feel like the signal to noise ratio around here has increased. Hey, anybody who is irrationally emotional, doesn't know how to write, and is currently participating in a boycott, please stay away!
      • by tsa (15680)

        Indeed. Finally the comments are on topic again.

        • by ZeRu (1486391)
          Kinda unbelievable that no comments (yet) on this page are based around mocking creationists (as if they visit Slashdot, lol)
          Especially when you consider that even when Slashdot was in its better days, threads like this attracted trolls like shit attracted flies.
          • by flyneye (84093)

            Lol and I landed on YOU.
            YHVH created everything in 6 relativity adjusted days and you cannot disprove it, nya, nya!

    • Holy cow, I got FP, and didn't even say something like "frist p0st!".

      Doing it wrong, as usual ...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    And here I was ready to go out and buy what would absolutely be the most awesome car ever created.

    Oh well.

  • It's a beetle which evolves when you are engulfed in flames.

  • So now ... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by PPH (736903) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @11:42PM (#46235605)

    ... there are John, Paul, George, Ringo and Darwinilus Sedarisi.

  • by Sique (173459) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @04:18AM (#46236381) Homepage
    Actually, the London specimen of beetle was collected by Charles Darwin himself on his journey with the HMS Beagle. But it was never classified. As far as I know, there are only two known specimen, the one in the London Natural History Museum and the other in a collection in Berlin. It is not known if the beetle still lives in the bay Charles Darwin found him, or if the species has died out since.
  • Me Talk Beetle Someday.
  • I know they have special edition models from time to time, but these are kind of odd edition names for New Beetles.

    Why not something Germanic like Planck and Goethe editions?

  • David Sedaris is a writer whom 60% of women on OkCupid claim to read and enjoy.

  • This beetle really should have been named for Alfred Russel Wallace [], who came up with the concept of natural selection (independent of Darwin) while studying beetles. He collected some 126,000 species in his time.

    • Sorry, that should be "specimens" not "species". It was "only" a few thousand new species.

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