Friday, November 11, 2005

(For my friend the Baklava Queen, a.k.a. The Minister of Silly Walks...)

John Cleese is honored by scientists, who name a new species after him.
Known for his work in highlighting their plight, comedian John Cleese has now had a new species of lemur named after him.

The avahi cleesei was discovered in western Madagascar in 1990 by a team of scientists from Zurich University.
The team of scientists, led by anthropologist Urs Thalmann and his colleague Thomas Geissman, named the lemur in tribute to Cleese's promotion of the plight of the animal in the film Fierce Creatures and in a documentary Operation Lemur With John Cleese.

Mr Thalmann told the New Scientist magazine that long legs are not the only attribute lemurs share with Cleese.

"Woolly lemurs can't really walk - but they do enjoy silly jumps," he said.