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Scientist Names New Millipede Species After Taylor Swift!

Big news in the world of millipedes and scientific discovery!

Entomologist and myriapodologist Derek Hennen – who happens to be a Taylor Swift fan – has announced the discovery of 17 new species of millipede in North America’s Appalachian Mountains, and yes friends, one of those species is named after the superstar herself.

The twisted-claw millipede was discovered by a group of scientists from Virginia Tech and Hennen, who was lead author of the study decided to name the little creature “Nannaria swiftae.”


“I named it after @TaylorSwift13! I’m a big fan of her music, so I wanted to show my appreciation by naming this new species from Tennessee after her. A high honour!” he shared on Twitter.

Tay Tay hasn’t responded to the honour just yet…

FYI, Hennen named other species after his wife (Nannaria marianae) and various trees too.

(Feature Image Credit: Derek Hennen/Twitter; DFree/Shutterstock)

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