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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

Dr. Nicholas Longrich

Clever Girl

President Obama Now Has a Prehistoric Lizard Named After Him

I love it when scientists are geeky with taxonomy. There was that time paleontologists named a dinosaur “Eye of Sauron.” (In Greek, of course.) There’s a wasp named after Lady Gaga. And now President Barack Obama has a species of his own, too: Obamadon gracilis, a small prehistoric lizard rendered extinct by the same asteroid strike widely thought to have killed the dinosaurs.

Why was the Obamadon named the Obamadon? Because of its teeth, of course.