Sir David Attenborough is accruing quite a substantial collection of things named after him. This week our favourite documentarian was the inspiration for the name of a 430 million year old fossil

And there’s an an abundance of other species and objects, including a boat, that carry the Attenborough name. 

Here are ten of the best namesakes, starting with that fossil:  

1. Cascolus Ravitis 

Cascolus ravitis is the name of the 430 million year old fossil of a one centimeter long crustacean that was found preserved in volcanic rock. The first name of the new species is the Latin translation for Attenborough.

“The biggest compliment that a biologist or palaeontologist can pay to another one is to name a fossil in his honour and I take this as a very great compliment.” Attenborough said in response. 

Cascolus ravitis is the latest fossil to be named after the famous naturalist.

2. Electrotettix attenboroughi 

Electrotettix attenboroughi is an extinct species of pygmy grasshopper that was found preserved in amber.

This adult female Electrotettix attenboroughi was preserved in amber.

This adult female Electrotettix attenboroughi was preserved in amber.

3. Materpiscis attenboroughi 

Materpiscis attenboroughi was a fossilized fish found in Western Australia that was preserved with an unborn embryo. The discovery makes the materpiscis the oldest known vertebrate to give birth to live young.

This model of the materpiscis depicts the fish giving birth to live young.

This model of the materpiscis depicts the fish giving birth to live young.

4. Euptychia attenboroughi 

A rare Amazonian butterfly was named Euptychia attenboroughi after Sir David Attenborough in honor of his affinity for the beautiful insects. Attenborough has been an outspoken advocate for butterfly conservation.

The Euptychia attenboroughi is a rare butterfly living in Latin American tropical rainforests.

The Euptychia attenboroughi is a rare butterfly living in Latin American tropical rainforests.

5. Nepenthes attenboroughii 

Nepenthes attenboroughii or Attenborough’s pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant. It was found on the summit of Mount Victoria in the Philippines.

This carnivorous pitcher plant was named after Attenborough because of his affinity for the species.

This carnivorous pitcher plant was named after Attenborough because of his affinity for the species.

6. Trigonopterus attenboroughi

Trigonopterus attenboroughi is a flightless weevil from Indonesia.

Wonder how we feels about this flightless weevil being named after him?

Wonder how we feels about this flightless weevil being named after him?

7. The David Attenborough Building

The David Attenborough Building in Cambridge, England was opened in 2016 as a center for biodiversity. Attenborough abseiled down a 13 meter wall covered in foliage to celebrate its grand opening.

The man himself abseiling down a wall at the Sir David Attenborough Building at Cambridge University.

The man himself abseiling down a wall at the Sir David Attenborough Building at Cambridge University.

Image: Photography/REX/Shutterstock

8. Attenborosaurus 

The Attenborosaurus is a genus of aquatic reptiles that was named after Sir David Attenborough. The dinosaur lived millions of years ago and was was discovered in Dorset, England. Its fossil resides in the Natural History Museum, London.

This is an image of what the Attenborosaurus might have looked like.

This is an image of what the Attenborosaurus might have looked like.

9. Sirdavidia solannona 

Sirdavidia solannona was discovered off a mountain road in Gabon’s botanically rich Crystal Mountains National Park. It was named in honor of Sir David Attenborough who had a major impact on the lives of the scientists who discovered it.

The rare flower was found in Gabon

The rare flower was found in Gabon

10. RRS Sir David Attenborough

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) decided to allow the public to weigh in on the naming of a polar research vessel. They did not anticipate the public would choose the name Boaty McBoatface. Despite the poll results, the council decided it would opt for a more prestigious title and named the ship RRS Sir David Attenborough. 

The RRS Sir David Attenborough is one of the most advanced polar vessels in the world.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough is one of the most advanced polar vessels in the world.

As a consolation to the public, the NERC dubbed an exploratory auto-submarine Boaty McBoatface. Boaty will soon embark on her first Antarctic mission.

Boaty McBoatface topped the list of names with over 124,000 votes.

Boaty McBoatface topped the list of names with over 124,000 votes.

Image: Povl Abrahamsen/British Antarctic Survey

There’s not many people who could pip Boaty McBoatface to the post without provoking the ire of the public.  

Hats of to you Sir David! 

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