Newly discovered deep sea worm named after Yoda from Star Wars


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A new species of acorn worm has been named in honour of Yoda from the Star Wars series of films.

Apparently the large lips on the sides of the worm's head reminded scientists of Yoda's ears.

Named Yoda purpurata - which translates as 'Purple Yoda' - the new species was found living 1.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, along the seafloor of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, by researchers from Scotland’s University of Aberdeen.

Deep sea acorn worms live on the seafloor and produce spiral traces of poo that resemble crop circles. These traces have been seen in fossil form, but until recently, nobody knew what produced them.

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