12:45 Thursday 15 August 2013

What creature takes its name from The Big Bang Theory?

It's a jellyfish!

"Bazinga" is known as the catchphrase of The Big Bang Theory's inimitable Dr. Sheldon Cooper, but now two Australian scientists have named a new species of jellyfish after it. 

Well, sort of. 

Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, who discovered the new species with her colleague Peter Davie, called it Bazinga rieki because the creature's straight radial canals look sort of a like the strings on a seven-string harp, which is apparently also called a "bazinga". 

The grape-sized jellyfish can grow to a maximum of just 15 to 20 millimetres, and might have earlier been mistaken for a younger version of its larger cousins. 

What does Dr. Cooper think? We imagine he's pretty excited about the whole thing. 

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Brian Byrne
12:45 15 Aug 2013
Brian Byrne

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