Scientists name new fossils after Gojira

The brittle star fossils will connect “Gojira with Earth history for eternity…”

Scientists name new fossils after Gojira
Nick Ruskell

Gojira have become the latest band to have science stuff named after them. The French metal wizards recently had a trio of brittle star fossils named in their honour by scientists at Luxembourg’s Natur Musee and America’s Florida Museum.

The finds of the brittle stars – similar to the starfish – were discovered in France, Luxembourg and Austria on what was once the Jurassic Tethys Ocean bed. As well as cataloguing the discoveries for their scientific importance, the boffins working on the project immortalised Gojira’s name when they Christened the fossils: Ophiogojira labadiei, Ophiogojira andreui and Ophioduplantiera noctiluca.

In a report published by The Royal Society, as well as deeply detailed scientific info, the name is also explained for the record. “Genus named in honour of French metal band Gojira, for producing songs of an unfathomable intensity, beautifully dark and heavy, and exploring the abyss of life and death, of human strength and error, and of thriving and yet threatened oceans.”

They aren't the first band to get the nod from the scientific community when it comes to naming things. Nightwish keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has a moth, Sciophila holopaineni, named after him, while a 400-million-year-old worm has the title Websteroprion armstrongi in honour of Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster. The Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni spider is so called because of finder Christina Rheims' love of Iron Maiden, while Biffy Clyro have a new species of woodlouse, the Pentaceration bifficlyro. No, really...

Gojira tour Europe with Alien Weaponry and Employed To Serve in 2022. While you wait, pass the time by reading The Royal Society's report.

Gojira tour 2022


17 Finland Helsinki House Of Culture
19 Norway Oslo Sentrum Scene
20 Sweden Stockholm The Annex
22 Denmark Copenhagen The Grey Hall
24 Germany Berlin Huxleys
25 Czech Republic Prague Forum Karlin
27 Poland Wroclaw A2
28 Poland Krakow Tauron Arena
29 Hungary Budapest Barba Negra Music Club
31 Croatia Zagreb Culture Factory


02 Austria Vienna Arena
04 Germany Munich Neue Theaterfabrik
05 Switzerland Zurich Komplex
06 Italy Milan Alcatraz
08 France Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
09 France Bordeaux Arkea Arena
20 The Netherlands Tilburg 013
22 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
24 Germany Oberhausen Turbinhalle 2
26 France Paris Accor Arena
28 Belgium Brussels Forest National


01 Luxembourg Rockhal
04 UK London Alexandra Palace
05 UK Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
06 UK Newcastle City Hall
08 UK Glasgow O2 Academy
10 UK Belfast Ulster Hall
11 Ireland Dublin National Stadium
13 UK Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
14 UK Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

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