12 December, 2012
You can't make this stuff up
Scientists have named a newly-discovered prehistoric lizard Obamadon gracilis (left, appropriately enough)- literally, "Slender Obama-tooth."
They say that one shouldn't read any political significance into the name. They were, Nicholas Longrich of Yale University says, merely "having fun with taxonomy."
Unlike its namesake, who was re-elected last month, Obamadon became extinct as part of the same event which wiped out the dinosaurs.
The presidential reptile is described as “a small polyglyphanodontian distinguished by tall, slender teeth with large central cusps separated from small accessory cusps by lingual grooves." How, precisely, these characteristics bring the President of the United States to mind has not been revealed.