Scientists named a prehistoric wasp in honor of David Bowie

© Photo : Dr. Elijah J. TalamasДревняя OSA Archaeoteleia astropulvis, named in honor of David BowieScientists named a prehistoric wasp in honor of David Bowie© Photo : Dr. Elijah J. Talamas

. Paleontologists have found in pieces of Burmese amber two new species of prehistoric OS, contemporaries of the dinosaurs, one of which they called «star dust» in honor of singer David Bowie, who died last year, according to a paper published in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research.

«We named the wasp «star dust» for two reasons – so we wanted to underline its connection with ancient primary matter, from which has been cut, our planet and all its inhabitants, as well as to honor the memory of the late David Bowie and his alter-ego, ziggy Stardust» — written by Elijah Talamas (Elijah Talamas) from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington (USA) and his colleagues.

Ziggy Stardust, humanoid-Martian, accidentally fell to the Ground, is the main character of the fifth album by British singer, released in the summer of 1972. After the release of this album, the musician has organized a concert tour in which he appeared on stage in a suit and ziggy talked about his life and death in the first person.

This album, according to Rolling Stone magazine, included among 500 most influential music albums of all times and peoples and is in 35 place.

Talamas and his colleagues perpetuated the memory of the singer, who died in January last year, and his lyrical hero, conducting excavations in the territory of Myanmar, where in recent years, scientists find large quantities of amber, which was formed about 100 million years ago, in the era of the dinosaurs.

These pieces of hardened resin paleontologists have found ancient insects, fragments of plants, and even fragments of feathers of ancient birds and dinosaurs, for the first time, allowing scientists to look at how they were built wings in «three dimensions».

How to tell the researchers, two new finds of this type got their hands thanks to Lupin Lee, student at the University of Beijing. She studied Hymenoptera, who lived in the early and mid Cretaceous period on the territory of Myanmar, and came across a few pieces of ancient amber with a seemingly impossible finds.

Within them was imprisoned the wasp riders of the genus Archaeoteleia, who met earlier among the finds of the dinosaur age, but are present in large amounts in the tropics, New Zealand and Latin America. This puzzled the student, and she decided to seek the assistance of professional paleontologists.

When Talamas and his colleagues saw these fossils, they realized that they are not dealing with modern, and with very ancient wasps, the appearance of which is slightly, but still has changed over the past 100 million years. The first of these was received the name Proteroscelio nexus, and the second was named Archaeoteleia astropulvis in honor of David Bowie and ziggy Stardust.

The opening of this insect, whose closest modern relatives was considered quite young «originally» insects, suggests that many modern species have no roots, really can have an equally rich pedigree and wasp Bowie, the scientists conclude.