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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Spider named after Neil Young

I like the music of Neil Young, not everything but this love for his music started way back in the seventies. Heart of Gold got me hooked. A fan of Neil Young discovered a new spider and named it after Neil Young.

A sneaky spider has been named in honor of rock musician Neil Young.

Jason Bond, a biologist at East Carolina University, named a newly discovered arachnid, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi. It is also known as a trapdoor spider.

"There are rather strict rules about how you name new species," Bond said. "As long as these rules are followed you can give a new species just about any name you please."

He added, "With regards to Neil Young, I really enjoy his music and have had a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice."


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