Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 25th, 2007
Two amateur fossil hunters from the outback town of Andamooka in the far north of South Australia say they have been given the Christmas present “from hell.”
A few years ago Tom and Sharon Hurley found the fossil remains of a prehistoric fish, resembling a swordfish with teeth, near Boulia in Queensland.
The fish is a previously unknown genus and species, and has now been officially named the Australo-pachy cormus hurleyi.
Tom Hurley says it’s both an honor and a curse to have the fish carry the name Hurley.
“Well basically I got the Christmas present from Hell. Immortality. The name will last forever,” he said.
“How do you beat that? Every year I’ll get Christmas presents that won’t beat that. It’s just ruined Christmas.”“Prehistoric fish named after fossil hunters,” Australian Broadcasting Network, December 24, 2007.
Frankly, I would take it as both an honor and an honor!
Merry Christmas to all our mates in Australia and New Zealand, who have gotten a headstart of celebrations.