Dawkins Immortalised in Sri Lankan Waters

You might say that Richard Dawkins took the world by storm with his anti-religious polemic ‘The God Delusion’. Now, the world renowned author and evolutionary biologist’s legacy has been immortalized in the waters of Sri Lanka after local scientists named an entire new genus of freshwater fish after him.

The ‘Dawkinsia’ formally known as the ‘Puntius’ was named after Dawkins by lead researcher Rohan Pethiyagoda, an ichthyologist and internationally acclaimed conservationist, for Dawkin’s “rational explanations” of the universe.

“Richard Dawkins has through his writings helped us understand that the universe is far more beautiful and awe-inspiring than any religion has imagined,” Pethiyagoda told AFP on Monday.…

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