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Morrisoni Barbaturex extinct lizard is named after Jim Morrison

Morrisoni Barbaturex extinct lizard is named after Jim Morrison

Photo: Craig Chandler / University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University Communications

Many years ago, of said in a song I am the Lizard King , I can do anything “(I am the King, I can do whatever.) Well, now there is an extinct species of giant lizard Morrison is named in his honor, adding to the list of species with names inspired by celebrities .

The lizard lived 36 million to 40 million years ago, and was first discovered in Burma in the 1970s, but recently described as a particular species in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

In this paper, paleontologists led by Jason Head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, named it Barbaturex morrisoni. Lizard might have been a king, measuring 1.8 meters high and weighing more than 27 kilos.

“I was listening to The Doors lot during the investigation. Some of his musical images included reptiles and ancient sites, and of course Jim Morrison was the Lizard King, so all donned “said Head.

Most of the giant lizards living in isolated environments where natural predators did not prevent their development, but the B. morrisoni lived in an ecosystem where shared with herbivores and carnivores. One theory suggests that temperatures at the time encouraged the growth of lizards.

Link: ‘Lizard King’ shows giant fossil reptiles coexisted with mammals During past warm globally (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

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