Scientists Name Microbes After Members Of Rush

Scientists have named three new species of microbes after members of Canadian prog-rock band Rush.

The new species are pseudotrichonympha leei, pseudotrichonympha lifesoni and pseudotrichonympha pearti – in honour of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

Scientists at the Keeling Lab at the University of British Columbia found the micro-organisms in termites. They appeared to have long hairs – known as flagella – like the members of Rush did in the band’s early days.

Last June, a trio of capybaras at High Park Zoo were named Geddy, Alex and Neil after a public vote.