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Extinct Lizard Named for Obama

A team of scientists from Yale and Harvard have named an extinct lizard after President Obama.

The Obamadon gracilis – literally “Obama Slender Tooth” – was wiped out 65.5 million years ago when an asteroid struck the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Obamadon likely measured less than a foot and ate insects, according to the Yale News. Its distinguishing feature is its tall, slender teeth, the researchers write.

One of them, Nicholas R. Longrich, a postdoctoral associate with Yale’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, denied any political intent in naming a lizard after Obama.

“We’re just having fun with taxonomy,” he said.

In the illustration below, Obama can be located in lower left hand corner – the blue lizard looking on as a large carnivorous Paleosaniwa stalks a pair of hatchling Edmontosaurus.

While the modern Obama is not known to eat insects, he does hunt and kill them.

H/T to Byron Tau at Politico 44.

23 Responses to Extinct Lizard Named for Obama

  1. (sigh) This means certain unemployment for the GEICO gecko once Dear Leader’s term is up. I can envision a little blue lizard speaking in a urban rap dialect telling us of the many benefits of GEICO insurance.

  2. Far be it from me to question the findings of esteemed bone geeks from the hallowed grounds of Yale and Harvard who claim that a heretofor unknown lizard had “tall” teeth (not short teeth), and determined that not only was it blue in color, but the whole species was decimated by an ancient asteroid by means known only to those of higher intellect.

    By current political correctness standards as defined by the MSM, Dems, and assorted race hustlers, only those who attend or work for institutions of higher learning know as the “ivy league” may bestow the name of our sitting President on a bug-eating blue lizard without charges of racism.

    • Well done, srdem. These esteemed researchers must have found some evidence of those “tall teeth”. Surely they wouldn’t just make stuff up like the global warming (aka climate change) scientists did.

  3. So the Obamadon gracilis evolved into King Barack, but remained cold blooded? Maybe that’s why the word evolved means so very much to him.
    Hey and what’s with the fly? Did anyone actually see him swat it, or did he catch it with a flick of his tongue?

    • “Did anyone actually see him swat it, or did he catch it with a flick of his tongue?: – veritaseequitas

      Nah, he had Seal Team 6 do the actual killing of the fly, but only after setting someone up to take the blame if it went bad. Barry never WAS one to soil his OWN precious hands…

    “Obama iis not the first politician whose name has been used to help classify organisms. Megalonyxx jeffersonii, an extinct species of plant-eating ground sloth, was named in honour of President Thomas Jefferson, an amateur palaeontologist who studied the mammal.

    Earlier this year, researchers announced they had named five newly identified species of freshwater perch after Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Theodore Roosevelt.

    In 2005, entomologists named three species of North American slime-mould beetles agathidium bushi, agathidium cheneyi and agathidium rumsfeldi in honour of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld – the U.S. president, vice president and secretary of defence at the time.

    Other celebrity names also have been used to name new species. A small Caribbean crustacean has been named after reggae icon Bob Marley, an Australian horsefly has been named in honour of hip-hop star Beyonce, and an endangered species of marsh rabbit has been named after Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.

    (Reporting by Jason McLure in Littleton, N.H.; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Eric Walsh)”