An entire genus of fern was just named after Lady Gaga, and the similarities are uncanny

When most plants and animals get named after a celebrity (and believe us, this happens often), it's rarely for anything more significant than a poorly-imagined resemblance, or a shared country of origin. Such is not the case with Gaga germanotta and the 18 other species in the newly dubbed "Gaga" genus.


As biologist Kathleen Pryer explains, the similarities between Lady Gaga and her leafy counterparts are actually kind of uncanny, and range from striking physical similarities right down to compelling coincidences in genetic code. Check out the video up top, courtesy of Duke University, for all the details

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