Scientists name new deep-water species after Star Wars character Yoda

Scientists name new deep-water species after Star Wars character Yoda

A recently discovered a new species of deep-sea worm has been named after the Star Wars character Yoda due to deep resemblance between the worm’s huge lips and Yoda's ears.

Yoda purpurata has been discovered around one and a half miles under the Atlantic Ocean.

One of three new deep-sea species, Yoda purpurata, has big lips on either side of its head that largely looks like the ears of the famed Jedi master. Scientists added Latin word purpurata, which means purple, to Yoda to give a name to the new species because the worm is indeed has purple hue.

Scientists are of the view that the worm’s evolution would reveal a lot about the human’s early ancestors.

Speaking on the topic, zoologist Prof. Imants Priede from the University of Aberdeen said, "Whilst they are not strictly a missing link in our own evolution, they give an insight into what the lifestyle of our remote ancestors might have been like."

Yoda purpurata, which has been technically classified as an enteropneust, is the latest of the three deep-sea creatures that have discovered by a research mission functioning in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Iceland and the Azores.


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