There a lot of rules governing how you name new species. But that doesn't mean that fun things can't still get through.
This is Kootenichela deppi
, a new 540 million year old arthropod from a deposit related to the Burgess Shale in British columbia, Canada.
Dave told me he was going to call it this a while back. I didn't believe him. Lucky I didn't make a bet.
Why is it named after Johnny Depp? Well, these are its claws,
and here's it's reconstruction,