Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Biologist humor

There's a long tradition of biologist creating fun names for the odd little creatures they discover. I was just reading this article in Scientific American and noticed this great name: Godzilliognomus frondosus. I did some research and found this fun (for an old biology major at least) site that list many humorous names.

Favorites include:

Eubetia boop

Darthvaderum

Polemistus chewbacc

Ichabodcraniosaurus Novacek

Macrostyphlus frodo

Macrostyphlus gandalf


My long time favorite example of this sort of playfulness has been Hallucigenia; a very weird little Cambrian marine invertebrate. Hallucigenia is a favorite subject of engineers and artists around the world. Here are a few examples.

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