Harrison Ford has earned the right to be curmudgeonly—however the 81-year-old star of so many iconic films is understood for tempering his grouchiness with sly humor and coronary heart. That got here via 100% in an announcement he shared after scientists found a brand new species of snake in Peru’s Otishi Nationwide Park and named it Tachymenoides harrisonfordi.
“The snake’s received eyes you’ll be able to drown in, and he spends many of the day sunning himself by a pool of soiled water—we in all probability would’ve been mates within the early ‘60s,” the Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny star stated in an announcement to Conservation International (by way of People), of which the actor serves as vice-chairman. “In all seriousness, this discovery is humbling. It’s a reminder that there’s nonetheless a lot to find out about our wild world—and that people are one small a part of an impossibly huge biosphere. On this planet, all fates are intertwined, and proper now, a million species are teetering on the sting of oblivion. Now we have an existential mandate to fix our damaged relationship with nature and defend the locations that maintain life.”
In line with Conservation Worldwide, the invention was made by a workforce from the U.S. and Peru led by Illinois Wesleyan College biology professor Edgar Lehr; the identify took place due to Ford’s “decades-long environmental advocacy.” Whereas the snake (“pale, yellowish-brown with scattered black blotches, a black stomach, and a vertical streak over its copper-colored eye”) is thematically becoming given Indiana Jones’ well-known affiliation with them, Ford has additionally had a spider (Calponia harrisonfordi) and an ant named after him (Pheidole harrisonfordi).
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