Ancient fossil of pig-like animal found and named after Mick Jagger

Ancient Pig Fossil Named After Mick Jagger
Ancient Pig Fossil Named After Mick Jagger

The fossil of an ancient pig-like animal found in Africa has been named after Mick Jagger, and it's not because the creature had moves like, well ... you know.

According to the scientists who made the discovery of the new species, the jaw fossil of the ancient pig appears to have large protruding lips, so scientists decided to name it Jaggermeryx naida, after the legendary Rolling Stones star and his famously full mouth.

Paleoanthroplogist Ellen Miller from Wake Forest University is quoted as saying: "Some of my colleagues suggested naming the new species after Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, because she also has famous lips. But for me it had to be Mick."

Unlike the star, the swamp-pig didn't spend its time rocking out, the Daily Mail notes. Instead, an exciting day probably consisted of foraging for food.

This is the second fossil to be named after Jagger, who reportedly hasn't commented on the unusual honor.

The Daily Mail explains that, "He has a trilobite fossil name after him (Aegrotocatellus jaggeri) as does his partner in crime, Keith Richards (Perirehaedulus richardsi)."

The new pig-like species that scientists say was about the size of a deer was found in the Egyptian desert, but when it roamed the Earth around 19 million years ago that area was a swampy wetland.

Other animal remains found nearby include catfish, turtles and species of birds that live in water or near wetlands.

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