I haven’t posted anything science-related in a while. If you’re at all familiar with the scientific names given to various creatures, you might have noticed that a few of them are weird or funny.
If you’re not familiar, the reason they have them in the first place is for international consistency; so scientists from all of the world can call a plant or animal by the same name. Most come from Greek or Latin, but not nearly all of them (in particular most of the funny ones don’t). The first word is the genus, the second is the species, and if there’s a third word it’s a subspecies.
Gaga germanotta – a fern (yes, it is named after Lady Gaga)
Hakuna matata – a wasp
Bison bison bison – take a guess (hint: bison)
Harryhausenia – a fossil sand crab
Laputavis – appropriately, a fossil swift
Brontomerus (means “thunder thigh”)- a dinosaur
Dracorex hogwartsia – a dinosaur
Bambiraptor – a dinosaur
Pantydraco – yet another dinosaur (this one is a coincidence; it’s named after Pant-y-ffynnon Quarry in Wales…which I need to remember if I ever do funny place names)
Zyzzyxdonta – a snail so slow it’s at the very end of the alphabet