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Biologist Names ‘Young’ Spider

Newswise — An East Carolina University biologist has brought his admiration of Neil Young to a whole new class.

Or species, to be exact.

Jason Bond, an ECU professor of biology, has named a newly discovered trapdoor spider, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, after the legendary rock star.

“There are rather strict rules about how you name new species,” Bond said. “As long as these rules are followed you can give a new species just about any name you please. With regards to Neil Young, I really enjoy his music and have had a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice.”

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This trapdoor spider, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, was named in honor of Neil Young.