This video is called Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia.
Paleontologists, those scientists that study fossils of life-forms from prehistoric times, are a fun bunch. Apparently, sifting through fossilized bones, dung (yep, dung: look up coprolite [wiki]), stomach content (gastrolith) and even vomit (again, real: regurgitalith [wiki]), gives paleontologist a unique sense of humor.
How? They love to give dinosaurs silly names!
Actually, this might be a bad way to start a list of weird dinosaur names. See, Aachenosaurus [wiki] fossil fragments were found and named by Gerard Smets in 1888, who argued that they were jaw fragments of a duck-billed dinosaur.
When paleontologist Louis Dollo proved that his “dinosaur” were actually petrified wood, Smets was so embarrassed that he withdrew from science completely.
If he had lived, Smets would probably feel better because someone else made the same mistake in 1941.
Then, German paleontologist Friedrich von Huene thought he had discovered the jaw bone of a new dinosaur he named Succinodon putzeri [wiki], which later turned out to be fossilized wood filled with wood-boring clams.
As if that’s not neat enough, turns out Aegrotocatellus means “sick puppy” in Latin.
Mick Jagger was quite popular amongst the paleontologists – turns out there’s another species named after him: a fossilized mollusk called Anomphalus jaggerius.
ARCTICALYMENE VICIOUSI, A. ROTTENI, A. JONESI, A. COOKI, A. MATLOCKI
That guy Greg Edgecombe (you’ll see more of him later) is one funny prankster.
A pterodactyl named for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
You may know him as the author of those Sherlock Holmes detective stories, but the pterodactyl was named for him because of his 1912 novel The Lost World about an expedition to a hidden plateau in South America where dinosaurs were still alive.
This Australian dinosaur [wiki] was named after the company Atlas Copco, which manufactured industrial tools and equipments.
The company provided the equipment for the expedition. The species name loadsi was named after William Loads, the state manager for Atlas Copco at the time, who also assisted during the dig.
AVALANCHURUS LENNONI, A. STARRI, A. SIMONI, A. GARFUNKELI
The two paleontologists didn’t forget Paul McCartney and George Harrison, they named other trilobites Struszia mccartneyi and S. harrisoni after them.
Yup – this 75-million year old bird-like fossil was named after the famous Disney movie character.
As if that’s not remarkable enough, a near complete skeleton of Bambiraptor [wiki] was discovered in 1995 by a 14-year-old fossil hunter named Wes Linster, who was looking for dino bones with his parents in Glacier National Park in Montana.
Feinbergi was named after a wealthy family who bought and donated the specimen to the Graves Museum of Natural History in Florida.
These are only dinosaurs and other extinct animals starting with A and B, the list is much longer.
See also here.
Trilobite cookies recipe: here.
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