Don't make a racially insensitive joke. The headline is true: Acting on a tip from a fellow scientist, KU grad student Jesse Grismer found a new species of animal through a dish served at a Vietnamese restaurant.
The animal is a lizard -- Leolepis ngovantrii,
served fried, with a side of lettuce and tomato -- and the restaurant is
in a remote part of southern Vietnam. The surprisingly hunky Grismer
tells the whole story in a video produced by KU (see it after the jump).
Lizard love (!) runs in the family. Grismer's equally buff father, L. Lee Grismer assisted with this discovery and is a herpetologist at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. The elder Grismer has also identified many new species in his career.
No word on how many he has tasted.