Scientists honor Dolly Parton by naming lichen species after her

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The country singing legend has another accolade to add to her resume after two scientists at the New York Botanical Garden named a type of lichen for her. Japewiella dollypartoniana is the new species that was actually discovered years ago, but due to some scientific technicalities, its existence was only recently proven. Trust us — that explanation may sound weird, but there’s a mind-bending scientific process that needed to be completed. Click through to this link to read about it in full. It’s native to the southern Appalachian Mountain region and the scientists bestowed this honor on Parton because of the “tireless work” she’s done for the region over the years. “Dolly Parton is an inspirational figure who has championed the Appalachians both in America and around the globe. By naming an Appalachian lichen species found near her Tennessee hometown in her honor we hope to pay tribute to her tireless work as an artist and philanthropist,” the scientists said in a statement.


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