Wissenschaftler der Universität von British Columbia haben zwei neu entdeckte Mikroorganismen nach H.P. Lovecrafts Cthulhu und Brian Lumleys Cthylla benannt.
„When we first saw them under the microscope they had this unique motion, it looked almost like an octopus swimming,“ says UBC researcher Erick James, lead author of the paper describing the new protists, published in the online journal PLoS ONE.
The octopus-like movements and appearance of both protists reminded James of the horrid Cthulhu and Cthylla, and the little protists were baptized after the two monsters. Cthulhu is often depicted as a giant, octopus-like entity with wings. Cthylla is his daughter, and has a similar appearance.
Den ganzen Artikel mit Bildern und Video der kleinen Monster gibt es im Public Library of Science.