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New Beetle Named After Charles Darwin and David Sedaris

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the what's-in-a-name? dept.

Science 35

sciencehabit writes "On Charles Darwin's 205th birthday, one beetle he found in Argentina is being recognized as a new species. An entomologist discovered the insect, with unusually saw-toothed antennae and a label reading 'C. Darwin', in a collection on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, where it had been misplaced for at least decades. The beetle represented a new species, Darwinilus sedarisi, named after Darwin and the writer David Sedaris, whose audiobooks the scientist listened to while preparing specimens."

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David Sedaris? (3, Funny)

CrankyFool (680025) | about 7 months ago | (#46235505)

I'm ... really sure that Darwin did not listen to David Sedaris' audiobooks while categorizing species. Working out why this is so is left up to the student as an exercise.

Re:David Sedaris? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46235567)

I'm ... really sure that Darwin did not listen to David Sedaris' audiobooks while categorizing species. Working out why this is so is left up to the student as an exercise.

Easy. Everyone knows Darwin prefers Dave Barry.

Re:David Sedaris? (1)

quantaman (517394) | about 7 months ago | (#46235729)

Well if Darwin wasn't a Sedaris fan he sure didn't know what he was missing.

Re:David Sedaris? (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 7 months ago | (#46236833)

No, no its a NEW Beatle.
John Lennon
Paul McArtney
Geo. Harrison
Ringo Starr
Charles Sedaris
Actually, not very new, Yoko took off the disguise and VIOLA!

Re:David Sedaris? (1)

grcumb (781340) | about 7 months ago | (#46237123)

No, no its a NEW Beatle.
John Lennon
Paul McArtney
Geo. Harrison
Ringo Starr
Charles Sedaris
Actually, not very new, Yoko took off the disguise and VIOLA!

Guitar, bass, guitar, drums... and... viola?!?

... Could work, I guess.

Re:David Sedaris? (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 7 months ago | (#46235735)

All the same, with the boycott going on, I feel like the signal to noise ratio around here has increased. Hey, anybody who is irrationally emotional, doesn't know how to write, and is currently participating in a boycott, please stay away!

Re:David Sedaris? (1)

tsa (15680) | about 7 months ago | (#46235955)

Indeed. Finally the comments are on topic again.

Re:David Sedaris? (1)

ZeRu (1486391) | about 7 months ago | (#46236389)

Kinda unbelievable that no comments (yet) on this page are based around mocking creationists (as if they visit Slashdot, lol)
Especially when you consider that even when Slashdot was in its better days, threads like this attracted trolls like shit attracted flies.

Re:David Sedaris? (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 7 months ago | (#46236845)

Lol and I landed on YOU.
YHVH created everything in 6 relativity adjusted days and you cannot disprove it, nya, nya!

Re:David Sedaris? (1)

CrankyFool (680025) | about 7 months ago | (#46235741)

Holy cow, I got FP, and didn't even say something like "frist p0st!".

Doing it wrong, as usual ...

Re:David Sedaris? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46236065)

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!

David Sedaris? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46236893)

You are aware that there is a difference between Darwin collecting a beetle and an entomologist categorizing it in 2014? If you aren't able to work this out for yourself, just read the article linked to in the post. It's not that hard. (Yes, I'm having a sense of humour failure here. Just read the f****ing stuff before making dumb comments.)

Re:David Sedaris? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46238899)

Yes, because grammar calls for a generic reference like "the scientist" to refer to not the most-recent matching specific entity preceding the reference in the current text, but rather to whatever possible intended references are findable via hyperlinks embedded somewhere vaguely around the referring sentence.

Thought this was Volkswagen (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46235541)

And here I was ready to go out and buy what would absolutely be the most awesome car ever created.

Oh well.

Re:Thought this was Volkswagen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46235757)

Here I was thinking it was a new member of The Beetles

Re:Thought this was Volkswagen (1)

tsa (15680) | about 7 months ago | (#46235949)

But you spell that as Beatles.

Not volkswagen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46236861)

But a member of the Fab Four.

Darwin and Sedaris... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 7 months ago | (#46235581)

It's a beetle which evolves when you are engulfed in flames.

This must really upset Republicans! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46235587)

Awesome.

Re:This must really upset Republicans! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46235651)

Aw. What an adorable, simplistic little world you live in!

Re:This must really upset Republicans! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46241571)

Agreed. Those people are so simplistic. That is what happens when you hate science and write laws that outlaw teaching it.

So now ... (3, Insightful)

PPH (736903) | about 7 months ago | (#46235605)

... there are John, Paul, George, Ringo and Darwinilus Sedarisi.

Re:So now ... (2)

rossdee (243626) | about 7 months ago | (#46235641)

John and George are extinct

Re:So now ... (2)

cold fjord (826450) | about 7 months ago | (#46236807)

Well, the story did say new beetle....

The beetle is not a new species. (2)

Sique (173459) | about 7 months ago | (#46236381)

Actually, the London specimen of beetle was collected by Charles Darwin himself on his journey with the HMS Beagle. But it was never classified. As far as I know, there are only two known specimen, the one in the London Natural History Museum and the other in a collection in Berlin. It is not known if the beetle still lives in the bay Charles Darwin found him, or if the species has died out since.

Re:The beetle is not a new species. (1)

dbarron (286) | about 7 months ago | (#46236437)

However, what is important (to taxonomists) is it has a new name.

His new book (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 7 months ago | (#46237005)

Me Talk Beetle Someday.

Re:His new book (1)

miller701 (525024) | about 7 months ago | (#46237561)

Dress Your Family in Chitin and Denim

Re:His new book (1)

miller701 (525024) | about 7 months ago | (#46237579)

Includes the famous short story "The Galapagos-land Diaries"

How odd for Volkswagen ... (1)

miller701 (525024) | about 7 months ago | (#46237607)

I know they have special edition models from time to time, but these are kind of odd edition names for New Beetles.

Why not something Germanic like Planck and Goethe editions?

Ok Stupid (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 7 months ago | (#46238115)

David Sedaris is a writer whom 60% of women on OkCupid claim to read and enjoy.

Poor Wallace (1)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about 7 months ago | (#46238611)

This beetle really should have been named for Alfred Russel Wallace [wikipedia.org] , who came up with the concept of natural selection (independent of Darwin) while studying beetles. He collected some 126,000 species in his time.

Re:Poor Wallace (correction) (1)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about 7 months ago | (#46238643)

Sorry, that should be "specimens" not "species". It was "only" a few thousand new species.

Re: Poor Wallace (correction) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46239477)

"... only a few thousand new species."

This quote pretty well embodies the general Slashdot gestalt. Only a few unknown forms of life, endemic to environs separated from European biologists by oceans, mountains, jungles and international travel facilitated by wind driven ships without electronic navigation or communication. Wallace also dreamt up a similar explanation for the process of evolutionary adaptation as he imagined it from the body of evidence that he amassed during his work as a naturalist and specimen collector. He did it independently of Darwin, and unfortunately without the formal support of a mentor in Royal Society. Otherwise his reputation might be equal to Darwin's, at least among those who can reconcile their cognitive dissonance between religious and scientific modes of thought.

No big deal... right.

Re: Poor Wallace (correction) (1)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about 6 months ago | (#46250041)

Gee, I wonder if that's why I put the word only in quotes:

It was "only" a few thousand new species.

Oh, that's right, you intentionally removed them, thereby misquoting me. Then took me to task for failing to recognize how great his accomplishment was in a thread started by myself making the argument that he deserved recognition for his contributions.

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