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Funny Scientific Names, Part 3

Parts 1 and 2 here, and yes it has been three years.

Crikey steveirwini – a snail

Buffalopterus (means “Buffalo wing”) – a eurypterid, AKA “sea scorpion”

Godiva – a nudibranch

Han solo – a trilobite (officially named after the Han Chinese and for being the last surviving species of its family, but that’s not fooling anyone)

Eoperipatus totoro – a velvet worm

Klobiodon rochei – a pterosaur, named after Nick Roche, a Transformers comic book artist who redesigned the Dinobots to be more scientifically accurate

Fubaricthys – a fossil fish

Scrotum humanum – the name initially given to the first (non-avian) dinosaur to be properly named; fortunately, it was obscure then, and became famous under the name Megalosaurus before anyone realized they were the same (can you imagine there being a sculpture of Scrotum in Victorian London?!)

Gelae baen, Gelae belae, Gelae donut, Gelae fish, and Gelae rol – fungus beetles

Dermophis donaldtrumpi – a blind amphibian that buries its head in the sand

30 Day Anime Challenge Day 29: Wish Was Real

“An anime you wished was real”

For the most part, whether it’s because of cities being destroyed in the series, post-apocalyptic settings, or the idea of just anybody having access to tremendous destructive power, I wouldn’t want most anime to be real.

The first good “safe” answer I thought of was My Neighbor Totoro. That way a lot of cool magic stuff gets to be real without Tokyo being underwater or tennis games being able to cause mass extinctions.

Pokemon being real would be even better; it’s just as safe (in actual practice, anyway; events that could have been disastrous have happened) and just about about everyone has Pokemon.

But there’s one other that, while not quite as free of potentially deadly conflict, might be just about as good: Astro Boy. Sure there’s enough anti-robot sentiment to get conflict out of it, but overall it’s one of the most optimistic views of the future around, anime or otherwise.