Meet Obamadon, the Lizard Named for the President

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Dec. 11 2012 4:19 PM

Meet Obamadon, the Lizard Named for the President

Obamadon sounds like an overblown campaign event, but it’s actually a newly identified lizard that a Yale scientist decided to christen with the president’s name.

Less than a foot long, the extinct Obamadon had “tall, slender teeth” that it likely used to nab insects for dinner. It was one of nine new species identified by scientists from fossils previously collected in Montana. The pint-sized lizard probably died out along with dinosaurs after a massive asteroid strike in Mexico 65-million years ago.

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The scientist who singled out the tiny beast said no political agenda was behind the name, noting that he had previously named a find “mojoceratops.” Obamadon joins a freshwater fish and a lichen organism that also share President Obama’s name.

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