Bill has 100 million-year-old fossil fly named in his honour

The Stuttgart Museum of Natural History in Germany has honoured Bill by naming a newly discovered 100 million-year-old fossil after him.

The museum has recently discovered a number of fossilised stoneflies trapped in 100 million-year-old amber, and decided to assign them their scientific names in honour of the Rolling Stones, including past and present members.

Bill’s stonefly species is preserved in Burmese amber, and has been named Largusoperia billwymani. You can see a photos of the preserved stonefly below.

The family of stoneflies has been named Petroperlidae, derived from the Greek Petra for stone – a reference to the Rolling Stones. Unofficially, the museum scientists refer to the collection as the ‘Rolling Stonesflies’.

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  1. if Bill is the fly…. who is the spider?!?!

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  2. COOL!!!!!!

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