Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni on Display
Not sure if you remember our article in Iconic Magazine Issue #13 about Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni?
Here a little reminder of what the hell is Mesoparapylocheles Michaeljacksoni:
A group of paleontologists discovered a new family, genus and species of fossil hermit crab – one that lived 100 million years ago in northern Spain.
The group’s findings were published online this January 2012 in the Germany-based journal Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie.
The team made the surprising discovery on the 25th June 2009. Later that day, the group saw on TV that Michael Jackson had passed away. The paleontologists decided to honor the “King of Pop” by naming the new species after the late music icon: Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni.Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni itself
“Michael Jackson’s music will no doubt live a very long time and influence many people so I think the name is appropriate,” explained co-author Adiël Klompmaker, a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Geology at Kent State.
The shield of the new hermit crab was discovered in an abandoned limestone quarry in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Spanish province of Navarra. “The rocks in the Koskobilo quarry are part of a fossil coral reef with an age of 100 million years,” Klompmaker said. “This is right in the middle of the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs were dominating the continents. In this area in northern Spain, we find many invertebrate fossils, such as corals, algae, sea urchins, but also a wide variety of crabs.”
Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni has one living relative from the same family. Parapylocheles scorpio lives in deep waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. “However, the new hermit crab lived in the shallow waters of a coral reef hidden in between the branching corals,” said Dr. René Fraaije, the lead author and director of the Dutch Oertijdmuseum. “Still undiscovered species of the same family must have migrated to deeper waters at some point in time.”
Nowadays, hermit crabs predominantly use a snail shell as a shelter when the shell comes available after the death of the snail. When the extinct ammonites were still around in the Cretaceous period, they also would use their shell sometimes.what Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni would have looked like
“We are not sure what the fossil hermit crabs from Spain used as a protection because snail and ammonite shells are extremely rare in the quarry,” Klompmaker said. “They may have relied on the additional protection provided by the branching corals, as hermit crabs are rare in rocks from the same quarry that contain few corals.”
According to Klompmaker, fossils shields of hermit crabs are much rarer than those of true crabs, which are a separate group within the decapod crustaceans. Today, less than a dozen of these shields are known and a great deal of information concerning the evolution of this group remains undiscovered.
What a nice tribute to Michael Jackson from Scientists who are not only love their jobs but also the music of the King of Pop.
TODAY, You can meet Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni at the Museum of Natural History Chemnitz! The little dead animal will be part of a temporary Exhibition.
The exhibition will includes other fosils and rocks having Singers or Music Band names. It will open today with a special opening in music with Rock Band WOLF.
The exhibition runs from November 12th 2016 to April 18th 2017.