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Funny scientific names, part 1

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

Reader Questionaire

I saw this on Blu chicken ninja and thought I’d answer it too.

1. What is your favourite book?

I don’t have one in particular that’s my favorite by a large enough margin to be sure, but the top spot might belong to one of the books from the Harry Potter series or the His Dark Materials trilogy.

2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?
For the year, to get at least one book (preferably two) published.

3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work.
My first novel, Project Quintessence: Hearts of Fire, is being beta read right now. It’s a young adult sci-fi/fantasy/mecha story with some unconventional romance.

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Young adult books I like

Even though I think pointing out bad ideas is pretty important, I don’t want to be known only for what I don’t like. So since my last post was critical of a popular YA book, I thought I give some examples of ones that I do like. This list is by no means intended to be complete or even particularly comprehensive.

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