What is Daniel Jeff's best transformation ever?

Jan 27, 2022 - 12:48
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What is Daniel Jeff's best transformation ever?

Who is Jeff Daniels?

You remember the actor Jeff Daniels from various films. Those are: Time of Tenderness (1983), Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Something Wild (1986), Arachnophobia (1990), Stupid and Dumb (1994), Pleasantville (1998), Hours 2002) and Good night and good luck (2005). All of these films as well as those not singled out here prove Jeff’s incredible acting diversity and undeniable talent. 

Nobody ever imagined that his name will be the the worm's name.

Who is the 'famous' worm?

Recently, under a very similar Latin name, there is a worm that kills tarantulas and is called 'tarantobelus jeffdanielsi'. Scientists from the University of Riverside have discovered this type of worm. More than 25,000 species of roundworm exist. Only one infects the tarantula and kill her.

The university has confirmed that ‘tarantobelus jeffdanielsi’ is a newly discovered parasite that can infect tarantulas and thus kill them.

The reason why they decided to name this parasite after a famous actor has been known already. They wanted to pay tribute to him for his role of Dr. Ross Jennings   in the movie Arachnophobia (1990). In the mentioned film, his character saves the California city from a spider invasion.

"When I first heard that a new species of worm was named after me? he said. He asked was there a resemblance? Honestly, at first I was a little worried, but then I realized I was grateful that someone still remembers my part in that movie.

Realization of that put a huge smile on his face. "Of course, you definitely didn't succeed in Hollywood until you were recognized by those in the field of parasitology, I feel so special "Daniels joked to USA Today.

The famous researcher

Adler Dillman, who is also the main researcher and parasitologist at the mentioned university, admitted that he knew for a long time that he would name the newly discovered worm after Jeff because of the obvious connection.

"As a child of the eighties, I grew up watching the film Arachnophobia and I really appreciate Jeff Daniels and his work," Dillman said. Once the worm infects the tarantula, its tentacles, stop functioning, which is why it dies of hunger because it cannot eat. The research was published in a Journal of Parasitology.