Monday, 21 November 2011

Cuspicephalus scarfi

This could be a first. I can't think of another artist who has had his name given to a species new to science. A 13 inch long prehistoric flying reptile - a pterosaur - discovered in Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, has been named Cuspicephalus scarfi after political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe CBE, because its nose reminded scientists of Scarfe's caricatures of Margaret Thatcher. He is reportedly chuffed with the news (title link).


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