Classic rock: Tony Iommi has 469 million year-old fossil named after him

(from left) Mats Eriksson, Tony Iommi and Esben Horn
(Image credit: Dyson Media)

In 2021 a Swedish paleontologist by the name of Mats E. Eriksson discovered a new species of condodont – an eel-like marine dwelling creature thought to have lived over 469 million years ago – and named it after his metal hero: Tony Iommi.

Drepanoistodus Iommii was thus added to the record and, following confirmation, Eriksson did what any self-respecting metal fan would do: commission a large work of fantasy art featuring Iommi conjuring forth a giant conodont (via Louder).

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.