Rotting ChristEster Segarra

New Fossil Discovery Named After Rotting Christ’s Frontman & Drummer


Rotting Christ frontman/guitarist, etc. Sakis Tolis and drummer Themis Tolis have been honored with have a newly discovered fossilized brittle star species being named after them. Dr. Ben Thuy and and Dr. Lea Numberger from the Natural History Museum in Luxembourg opted to name the newly found species “Brezinacantha Tolis”. Sakis commented:

“My deepest thanks to the paleontological community, and especially to Dr. Ben Thuy and Dr. Lea Numberger, to name a fossil under my name! This is one of the greatest honors I have received as an individual and musician and gives me power to keep on creating during these wild times. Brezinacantha Tolis can be found in the Natural History Museum in Maastricht. If you are close have a look!”

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Thuy and Numberger said in a joint statement:

“When we first saw the fossil brittle star, we immediately knew it was something exciting. It turned out to be a species new to science, and so we had the privilege to name it. With the choice of the name, we wanted to combine our joint passions for science and music, and decided to honour one of our favourite bands.

The new fossil belongs to an animal that lived in a dark, toxic environment in the depths of an ancient ocean, dwelling on the remains of their dead predecessors. This is pure black metal! Naming this species after Sakis and Themis Tolis is our way to issue an academic recognition of their talent and hard work. Now they own a small piece of immortality, because scientific species names are for eternity.”

Thuy and Numberger have previously bestowed similar honors on Between The Buried And Me and The Ocean. You find out more about this latest discovery over at this location.

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