Scientist names "twisted" new species after Tim Burton

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

George Takei had an asteroid named after him. Robert Heinlein? He got a crater on Mars. Well, now it's Tim Burton's turn be honored, and though a researcher at the University of New Brunswick has named a whole new species after the filmmaker, it's not quite as grand as an asteroid or a Martian crater.

It's seaweed.

The species Euthora timburtonii was discovered in 2007 in British Columbia, but not formally described until it appeared in a scientific publication in February, the Canwest News Service reported.

"We were collecting it for years and didn't really realize it was a new species until we sequenced it genetically," said Bridgette Clarkston, a doctoral student at the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton campus, who named the new species of seaweed after Burton. What made Clarkston think of the eccentric director?

"With this particular seaweed, when I see it under water, it looks like some kind of twisted flower, so that's why [I named it after Burton]."

But what does the director think of the honor? As of yet, we have no idea. Clarkston sent letters to Burton's agent and production company about two weeks ago, filling them in on the new species, but she hasn't heard back from them yet.

Maybe he's holding out for an asteroid.

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