Scientists name extinct, big-lipped swamp creature after Mick Jagger
Adam Levine might have the moves like Jagger, but a now-extinct swamp creature had the lips like Jagger.
Scientists recently discovered the creature, which lived in the swamps of Africa 19 million years ago, and found that it had notable lips during its day—just like the Rolling Stones frontman. “The animal probably had a highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips,” Greg Gunnell, a Duke University paleontologist and the study’s co-author, said in a statement. Thus, the animal was dubbed Jaggermeryx naida, a scientific name translating to “Jagger’s water nymph.” (Angelina Jolie was also in the running, but study co-author Ellen Miller insisted on Jagger.)
Besides the big lips, the Jaggermeryx naida was about the size of a small dear and is described as “akin to a cross between a slender hippo and a long-legged pig.” Its fossils are currently at Duke University, the Cairo Geological Museum, and Cairo University.