Fourth grader discovers fossils, gets new species named after her

20081213p2a00m0na002000p_size5A fourth grader in Osaka recently discovered a 130 million year old shrimp fossil while digging around as part of a fossil hunt hosted by a museum. The kids were allowed to take the fossils home, but when the girl took it back to the curators to be examined more closely, they realized that it was a new kind of shrimp in the genus Hoploparia that was previous unknown.

The species was named after the girl, whose name is Natsumi Kumagai—it’s called Hoploparia natsumiae.

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  1. That’s pretty cool that they used her name. Sort of cool as well that just some kid on a museum trip finds a new type of fossil.