ScienceSwiftie scientist names millipede species after Taylor Swift

Swiftie scientist names millipede species after Taylor Swift

Scientists have described a previously unknown species of millipede in the Appalachian Mountains — and named it after pop superstar Taylor Swift.

Researchers discovered the millipede, along with 16 other newly described millipede species, as part of an extensive research project to sequence the DNA of species in the Nannaria genus, known as twisted-claw millipedes, so-named for the twisted and flattened claws on their front legs. Experts analyzed 1,835 millipede specimens, most of which  they collected under leaf litter, trees and rocks, in forest habitats across 17 U.S. states, according to a new study. 

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