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Scientists At The Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab Name New Species

Apr 25, 2017
Originally published on April 25, 2017 6:06 am
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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Two scientists from the Smithsonian's Ant Lab discovered three new species of silky ants. And they named one from Venezuela Sericomyrmex Radioheadi. Almost sounds like a British band - no accident. The website phys.org reports the scientists wanted to honor Radiohead for their conservation work. And, I mean, who wants an award or honorary degree when you can have a fungus farming ant from the Amazon named after you?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CREEP")

RADIOHEAD: (Singing) I wish I was special.

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