Obamadon gracilis—The President Gets His Own Lizard

An extinct one.

The giant extinction event that saw the end of the dinosaurs also killed off most snakes and lizards—among them a newly discovered species named after US President Barack Obama—Obamadon gracilis.

The effect of the event, probably a strike by massive meteor, on dinosaurs is well known, but the fates of smaller creatures have been less certain. Now, a rich record of reptile fossils suggests 83% of snake and lizard species became extinct at that time.

That’s about the same rate as doctors quitting rather than working under Obamacare.

  • SignPainterGuy

    The featured lizard was named before the election. The scientist who named it planned to drop the whole announcement had Romney won; he could not bare to name it for pRes. Double-Downgrade had he lost; that would have been too close to linking him and the lizard in an extinction event.

    • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

      Great back story. That should be edited up into the post.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Was there no newly discovered parasite species worthy of his name?

    If a new rat species is found, I would reserve that for Axelrod.

    • http://marezilla.com/ Zilla of the Resistance

      That would be insulting to rats! A new cockroach would be more appropriate.

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