POCATELLO — Of the seven new species of prehistoric Idaho creatures Idaho State University Department of Geosciences affiliate researcher L.J. Krumenacker was able to help document and name in scientific journals that were published this month, his favorite is Cimolodon akersteni, named after his former adviser and paleontological mentor Bill Akersten, who retired from ISU about a decade ago.

L.J. Krumenacker

L.J. Krumenacker

“I think it’s cool to have all these new species from Idaho,” said Krumenacker, who is also a middle school teacher in Blackfoot and an ISU affiliate faculty member. “I’ve never had the opportunity to name a species before, and it was great to name one after Bill because he was a great adviser. I want to talk him up. He got me where I am today.”