Star Wars fans love to do things to honor the franchise they enjoy so much. Some of those fans are scientists. In this case, a group of scientists have decided to honor George Lucas’ highly popular franchise by naming a newly discovered species of Ape after the series’ main character Luke Skywalker.
The ape species, which is native to southern China, has been officially classified as the “Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon.” The name ‘Skywalker’ is actually a very appropriate in this case because part of the English translation of the species’ Chinese name is “Heaven’s movement”, which is not too different from “sky walker”.
Mark Hamill, the man who played Luke Skywalker for the fourth time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was very happy about this. He tweeted the following…
Giddy over the Gibbon news-Gobsmacked that ANY species of animal could be named in honor of my character! I’ll stop now. #MakeAMonkeyOutOfMe
This is not the first time that a new species has been named after someone or something from Star Wars. In the past, we’ve had a fish named after Greedo, a type of ant named after the Jedi, and even spiders named after the Sarlacc.