Researchers Assign Moniker of Jurassic Sea Worm to Noted Rock Figure Alice Cooper

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Metal-loving Danish scientists have dubbed a worm found in a 190-million-year-old fossil as Serpula alicecooperi.

Danish researchers have bestowed the name “Serpula alicecooperi” upon a recently unearthed creature from the Jurassic period, paying homage to the iconic shock rock figure Alice Cooper. The discovery of this marine worm, featuring a distinctive crown of tentacles and a protective tube for evading predators, was credited to amateur geologist Mette Hoftstedt, who uncovered the 190-million-year-old fossil.

Hoftstedt stumbled upon the fossil on the Danish Island of Bornholm before it underwent examination by a team of researchers including Arden Basforth from the Natural History Museum of Denmark, Tomas Koči from the Natural History Museum in Prague, and Jesper Milàn and Sten Lennart Jakobsen from Geomuseum Faxe in Denmark.


Milàn expressed, “Upon examining the fossil, it was evident that we had encountered a previously unidentified species of serpulid worm. As both a paleontologist and an avid enthusiast of metal and rock music, I’ve long believed that if anyone deserved to have a fossil named after them, it should be Alice, given his monumental impact on the music scene over the past five decades. His music has often served as the soundtrack to my research endeavors.”

He further explained, “Serpulid worms were trailblazers in their ecological niche upon their evolution, flourishing as a prominent component of marine ecosystems since the early Jurassic period, approximately 190 million years ago, and persisting to this day. Similarly, Alice pioneered the shock rock genre upon his arrival in the late ’60s and remains a significant figure in the music industry.”

The research is accessible on the Danish Geological Association website.

Cooper joins a distinguished list of rock stars with fossils named in their honor, including Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Lemmy of Motorhead, Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse, and King Diamond. Additionally, fossils have been named in tribute to Gojira, Rotting Christ, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, and Tomas Haake of Meshuggah.