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

obamadon lizard 300x234 Yale Scientists Name Extinct Lizard Obamadon Gracilis After President Obama

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.”

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 Yale Scientists Name Extinct Lizard Obamadon Gracilis After President Obama
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.