By Associated Press - Sunday, June 4, 2017

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Two European researchers have named an ancient clam species after a longtime professor at the University of Alabama.

The recently discovered fossil clam is called “Archivesica aharoni” after Paul Aharon. He is a professor emeritus of geological sciences at the campus in Tuscaloosa.

A paper about the species was recently published in the Journal of Paleontology. It was written by Steffen Kiel of the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and Marco Taviani of the Institute of Marine Sciences in Bologna, Italy.

A release from Alabama quotes Taviani as saying Aharon is a longtime friend and colleague with many achievements.

The clam named for Aharon was found in the Apennine Mountains in Italy. The professor retired from Alabama last year.

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