North Carolina technical prog metallers Between the Buried and Me have the unique honor of having a new species of brittle star fossil named after them: 'Amphilimna intersepultosetme,' which is a literal Latin translation of the band's name.
The specimen was discovered in South Carolina by paleontologists Drs. John Jagt, Lea Numberger-Thuy, and Ben Thuy from the Natural History Museum in Luxembourg.
The creature lived approximately 67 million years ago and is a cousin of the common starfish, not unlike the creepy basket star animal named for Arch Enemy earlier this year. Dr. Ben Thuy was involved with that naming as well, so perhaps he's the metal head behind it all.
Flattered by the honor, BTBAM bassist Dan Briggs says, "We are honored to have been thought of alongside this little magical creature who swam in the waters of the Carolinas many years before us and we'll be linked together for many years to come."
See the rudimentary sea animal below, and catch Between the Buried and Me at the North Carolina State Fair if you're in that area tonight before they embark on a month-long European tour.