Shiny one, you are! Shimmering green beetle discovered on an Indonesian island is named Yoda after the pointy eared Jedi master from Star WarsTrigonopterus yoda is one of more than 100 new species of insect discoveredThey were found in the remote rainforests of Sulawesi in Indonesia by scientists Other beetles have been named after characters from French comics series The Adventures of Asterix
Naturally, Trigonopterus obelix is larger and more roundish than his two ‘friends’.
Other curious names include T. artemis and T. satyrus, named after two Greek mythological characters: Artemis, the goddess of hunting and nature and Satyr, a male nature spirit inhabiting remote localities.
Three others have been named after the famous scientists Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution, and DNA pioneers, Francis Crick and James Watson.
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A green, shiny beetle (left) discovered on an Indonesian island has been named Yoda due to its uncanny likeness to the diminutive Star Wars character (right). Trigonopterus yoda is one of more than 100 new species of insect discovered and formally names in the thriving rainforest
Coming up with novel names for such a large number was almost as taxing as finding them.
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This was in reference to the insect’s characteristically dense scales reminiscent of Chewie’s hairiness.
Only a single member had been identified on the idyllic paradise since 1885 but the island is renowned for its enigmatic fauna.
This includes the deer-pig (babirusa) and the midget buffalo. But small insects have remained largely unexplored.
Lead author Dr Alexander Riedel, of the Natural History Museum Karlsruhe, Germany, said: ‘We had found hundr of species on the neighboring islands of New Guinea, Borneo and Java – why should Sulawesi with its lush habitats remain an empty space?’
The island is covered by lowland rainforests, although much of this has been cleared.
Another warming event around 55 million years ago – called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) – warmed the earth by up to eight degrees Celsius (14.4°F).
Woolly mammoths were a victim of warming climate, shrinking habitat and increased hunting from a growing early-human population which drove them to extinction – along with many large animals
Shrinking in body size is seen from several global warming events.
With the global temperatures set to continue to rise, it is expected the average size of most animals will decrease.
As well as global warming, the world has seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of large animals.
So called ‘megafauna’ are large animals that go extinct. With long life-spans and relatively small population numbers, they are less able to adapt to rapid change as smaller animals that reproduce more often.
Often hunted for trophies or for food, large animals like the mastadon, mammoths and the western black rhino, which was declared extinct in 2011, have been hunted to extinction.
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