Mats E. Eriksson

Paleontologist Mats E. Eriksson names 469 million-years-old fossil after Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi

Paleontologist Mats E. Eriksson names 469 million-years-old fossil after Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi

A new species of conodonts has just been discovered by a Danish/Swedish team of paleontologists. The fossil is around 469 million years old and was recovered from a succession of limestone in western Russia, rocks that once formed the seafloor sediments during the Ordovician Period. Because the species proved to be new to science, it had to be formally baptized with a unique Latin moniker. As all study authors are passionate hobby musicians and have long love affairs with the history of heavy rock music, they decided to honor one of heavy metal’s true pioneers — guitar legend Tony Iommi of BLACK SABBATH.