Name this Bat: Gain Immortality

| 12/9/2008 7:48:00 AM

Little Yellow Bat

What do you get the person who has everything this year for Christmas?

According to Purdue University, my youngest daughter Alaina’s alma mater, the gift of immortality tops the list this year. Huh? Wait a minute … immortality? There has to be a catch, right?

It turns out that Purdue University is auctioning the naming rights to several new animal species discovered by researcher John Bickham, a Purdue professor of forestry and natural resources who specializes in genetic studies of fish and wildlife, including biodiversity and biosystematics. If you are on the receiving end of one of these gifts, your name will be Latinized and immortalized. Mere mortals though we are, we will eventually turn to dust … or pickled jelly … as planned. Only your name will be immortalized … and only in the international scientific community at that.

First up for naming is a rare relative of the little yellow bat that’s currently known as Rhogeessa tumida. Bid early … bid often.

Name This Bat

Hank Will_2
12/10/2008 9:44:27 AM

I am tapped in, Alaina. :)

Alaina Will_3
12/10/2008 6:06:57 AM

Boiler-Up!!! How did you hear about the name bidding for new species?