Alexander The Great

November 21, 2007

Nigersaurus, Cow of the Mesozoic

Filed under: Evolution,Science — alexanderthegreatest @ 5:37 pm
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A dinosaur with a “vaccuum mouth,” Nigersaurus was named for the country of Niger in which its remains were found.  It’s skelletal structure prevented the creature from lifting its head even to parallel the ground, making trees out of the question as a food source.  Rather than thegiraffe like behavior we assume of most long necked dinosaurs, it seems looking downward for food, much like a grazing cow, was evolution’s plan for success some 75 million years ago.

Is it just me, or does Nigersaurus seem like perhaps not a very good name for a newly discovered animal?



  1. It doesn’t seem like a good modern name and those scientist must be really stupid to think the name wouldn’t be taken “there.” Did you see the racist comments that erupted on Digg after the story made it to the front page?

    Comment by MrBrownThumb — November 22, 2007 @ 5:05 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, it’s sad. That’s half of why I wrote this. Discovering a new kind of dinosaur is a tremendously exciting thing, it means we have a chance to learn more about our distant past from whence we came. To go on a hateful juvenile spree over the name of the dino is just plain sad.

    On the other hand, the other newly discovered dinosaur is named after the corporation that donated the most to the paleontologists who discovered it. Even if this is a HUGE gaffe, it’s still more dignified in a way. To science, not to the dollar.

    Comment by John — November 26, 2007 @ 2:04 am | Reply

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