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Yale Scientists Name Extinct Lizard ‘Obamadon Gracilis’ After President Obama

Obamadon Gracilis

Yale Scientists Name Extinct Lizard ‘Obamadon Gracilis’ After President Obama (Photo credit: Yale University)

Boston Herald:  “The small, insect-eating lizard was discovered in the badlands of northeastern Montana—its fossil preserved in an area called the Hell Creek formation. Less than a foot long, it had elaborate teeth with three cusps on each tooth and a slender jaw. Some 65 million years ago, it went extinct. And now, it is named for the 44th president of the United States: Obamadon gracilis.”

“The ancient lizard species bearing President Obama’s name was discovered when researchers from Yale and Harvard universities re-examined fossil collections all across the country, as part of an effort to understand what happened to lizards and snakes during the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs.”