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Recently Unearthed 190-Million-Year-Old Fossils Named After GOJIRA

Three recently unearthed fossils have been named after the members of Gojira.

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Three recently unearthed fossils have been named after the members of GOJIRA: Ophiogojira labadiei (bassist Jean-Michel Labadie), Ophiogojira andreui (guitarist Christian Andreu), and Ophioduplantiera noctiluca (Duplantier brothers Joe and Mario).

The newly discovered fossils were named by the scientists (who we are assuming are obviously metal fans) who discovered them – paleontologists Lea Numberger and Ben Thuy from Luxembourg’s Natural History Museum and biologist Tania Pineda from the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The 190-million-year-old specimens were uncovered in France, Luxembourg and Austria on the former Jurassic Tethys Ocean bed.

An official report issued by the Royal Society explained the names: “Genus named in honour of French metal band Gojira, for producing songs of an unfathomable intensity, beautifully dark and heavy, and exploring the abyss of life and death, of human strength and error, and of thriving and yet threatened oceans.”

Gojira are hitting the road this fall with KNOCKED LOOSE and ALIEN WEAPONRY, and then with DEFTONES in the Spring of 2022. See all dates below.

GOJIRA, KNOCKED LOOSE, ALIEN WEAPONRY:

September 24 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life 2021*
September 25 – Indianola, IA – Knotfest Iowa*
October 8 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Center^
October 9 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock*
October 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
October 14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
October 15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
October 19 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
October 20 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
October 23 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 25 – Stroudsburg, PA @ The Sherman Theater
October 27 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
October 28 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
October 29 ­– Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
October 30 – Albany, NY @ The Albany Capital Center
November 1 – Richmond, VA @ The National
November 2 – Knoxville, TV @ Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
November 3 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
November 5 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
November 6 – St. Louis, MO @ The Factory
November 7 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre

GOJIRA, DEFTONES:

April 14 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 16 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre
April 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
April 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
April 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan *NEW SHOW*
April 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
April 25 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
April 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
April 30 – Houston TX @ White Oak Music Hall
May 2 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
May 3 – San Antonio, TX @ AT & T Center
May 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
May 7 – Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium *NEW SHOW*
May 8 – Cincinnati, OH @ ICON Music Center *NEW SHOW*
May 10 – Indianapolis, IN @TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
May 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
May 13 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
May 14 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
May 15 – New York City, NY @ Pier 17
May 17 – Washington DC @ The Anthem
May 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
May 19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 21 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
May 22 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
May 24 – Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
May 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
May 27 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
May 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory

* Festival Date
^ with ALIEN WEAPONRY only