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Lady Gaga Is Namesake for New Fern Species

Oct. 23, 2012

April Bethea

Lady Gaga

Fans of Lady Gaga are affectionately known around the world as "Little Monsters."

Now, the name has been bestowed on a newly-discovered species of Fern.

Gaga monstraparva, or "monster-little" is one of 19 fern species being named after the pop music star, researchers at Duke University announced on Tuesday. The plants are found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona and Texas, according to a news release.

"We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression," Kathleen Pryer, a Duke University biology professor and director of the Duke Herbarium, said in the release. "And as we started to consider it, the ferns themselves gave us more reasons why it was a good choice."

Among the reasons cited by researchers: Part of the DNA sequence for the genus spells GAGA and a heart-shaped portion of Gaga's Armani Prive' costume at the 2010 Grammy Awards reminded Pryor of the bisexual reproductive stage of the ferns.



Source: (c)2012 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.


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