Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama have new spider species named in their honor

Scientists bestowed an honor to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former first lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama.

The Obama’s had a new spiders species named after them.

 (Reuters)

Researchers and students at the University of Vermont named 15 new species of smiley-faced spiders and drew inspiration from the Obamas, Sanders, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, British naturalist David Attenborough and late singer David Bowie, the Daily News reported.

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“In naming these spiders [Spintharus davidattenboroughi, S. barackobamai, S. michelleobamaae, and  berniesandersi as well as S. davidbowiei and S. leonardodicaprioi] the students and I wanted to honor people who stood up for both human rights and warned about climate change — leaders and artists who promoted sensible approaches for a better world,” Ingi Agnarsson, a professor at the University of Vermont, told Sci-News.

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