Published Jan 13, 2010Back when we interviewed Lucero for Exclaim! TV in 2008, the band told us that they've found a solid, if unlikely, fanbase in drunk divorcees. Now, it appears the long-running country punks can add prehistoric scientists to their mailing list. After all, they've had a 75-million-year-old bird named after them.
The Daily Swarm points to an article on Discovery News that describes the Hollanda luceria, the recently discovered bird named in Lucero's honour. The bird once lived with the dinosaurs in Mongolia's Gobi Desert and has been nicknamed the "screaming roadrunner" for its fast legs and call, which has been likened to "a blaring trumpet and a stadium horn."
Dinosaur researcher Alyssa Bell, who spearheaded the discovery, said that Lucero "now joins the ranks of artists such as Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, and Mozart in having a species named after them."