The recently discovered ancient sea creature lived 500 million years ago in the Earth’s oceans. The scientists from the University of California-Riverside, who found this old marine creature, named it after President Barack Obama, honoring the former President’s passion for science. Thus, the 500-million-year-old ancient sea creature is named Obamus coronatus.
According to the researchers who made the discovery, Obamus coronatus was a small ancient sea creature, not bigger than half an inch, and with some spiral channels on its disc-shaped body.
Along with this ancient animal, the scientists from the Univesity of California-Riverside also unearthed a raisin-like creature, shaped like an egg, that they named Attenborites janeae, after Sir David Attenborough, a renowned British naturalist who was advocating for science and supporting paleontology. Janeae, on the other hand, refers to the co-owner of the land from which the ancient fossils were unearthed.
Both the ancient sea creature named after President Barack Obama and the egg-shaped animal are among the earliest animals that lived on Earth
“I’ve been working in this region for 30 years, and I’ve never seen such a beautifully preserved [fossils] bed with so many high quality and rare specimens, including Obamus and Attenborites,” affirmed paleontologist Mary Droser, the leading study’s author.
Both these ancient creatures fossils were found well preserved in sandstone where they’ve remained for the last 500 million years until the researchers unearthed them. Also, the species they belonged to are extinct for millions of years.
“The two genera that we identified are a new body plan, unlike anything else that has been described. We have been seeing evidence for these animals for quite a long time, but it took us a while to verify that they are animals within their own rights and not part of another animal,” explained Mary Dorser.
Both Obamus coronatus, the ancient sea creature named after President Barack Obama, and the Attenborites janeae egg-shaped critter are a unique finding and represent some of the earliest animals that lived on Earth.