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Lizard Named For Jim Morrison

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the lizard-king dept.

Science 50

ColdWetDog writes "The LA Times has a quick article on a newly named giant lizard: 'An ancient plant eating lizard that looked like an iguana but was closer in size to a German shepherd has been named after Jim Morrison, the late troubled and charismatic lead singer of the Doors.The lizard's name was chosen by Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a hard-core Doors fan since college.' Hunter S. Thompson, who hallucinated presumably somewhat more carnivorous lounge lizards, was also considered for the honor."

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I am the fruity pebbles king! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920351)

Can't wait till a frosty piss is named in my honor.

Jim Morrison, the Lizard ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920495)

... I guess that still sounds better than Jim Morrison, the dung beetle

Re:Jim Morrison, the Lizard ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43921345)

it's no Jim Morrison, the trouser snake.

And that name is..? (5, Informative)

Ostrich25 (544788) | about a year ago | (#43920353)

Nice summary, it doesn't even mention the actual name. (Barbaturex morissoni)

Re:And that name is..? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920417)

Thank you. Bastards didn't include it so we'd have to visit the site to find out.

Re:And that name is..? (2)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year ago | (#43920457)

Rex stellio ebrius morissoni

Re:And that name is..? (3, Funny)

Ol Olsoc (1175323) | about a year ago | (#43921123)

Nice summary, it doesn't even mention the actual name.

Jim.

"I am the lizard king, I can do anything" (4, Informative)

colordev (1764040) | about a year ago | (#43923051)

'Barbaturex' means 'bearded king,' and Morrison called himself the Lizard King, so this was perfect

If that doesn't make sense, read the lyrics [oldielyrics.com] of "The Celebration Of The Lizard" and you'll understand it all

Re:And that name is..? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43924295)

Since they are naming after Jim Morrison, the name is probably "CIA Flunkie"

Re:And that name is..? (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | about a year ago | (#43926151)

Shit, I hoped they'd go with pacem lacerta or something.

Wow, just think. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920391)

Someday, when humans are dead and gone, Jim Morrison's legacy will continue to live on.

Re:Wow, just think. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920469)

Someday, when humans are dead and gone, Jim Morrison's legacy will continue to live on.

Uh... I don't think it works that way.

Re:Wow, just think. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920849)

Someday, when humans are dead and gone, Jim Morrison's legacy will continue to live on.

Uh... I don't think it works that way.

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!

Re:Wow, just think. (4, Funny)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#43920519)

Yes, paleohistory is fascinating. For example, quoting from TFA:

This was a time when the planet was warmer and muggier than it is now. There was no ice at the polls, [...]

As I said, fascinating... voting and democracy may be older than one thinks, but... oh, the horror... can you imagine an election without ice?

(no, I didn't smoke, inject myself or take anything before posting... maybe that's why!?!)

Re:Wow, just think. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43921815)

(no, I didn't smoke, inject myself or take anything before posting... maybe that's why!?!)

You weren't high, therefore you posted...?

Dude, smoke some banana peels. Seriously.

Re:Wow, just think. (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#43921905)

(no, I didn't smoke, inject myself or take anything before posting... maybe that's why!?!)

You weren't high, therefore you posted...?

Yeah... sort of... I almost regret it now (I mean, after reading the reply).

For the Supernatural fans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920393)

That doesn't compare to the Jefferson Starships.

Re: For the Supernatural fans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43921363)

I'm saddened more didn't laugh at this joke. What a shame.

In other news (2)

Brett Buck (811747) | about a year ago | (#43920397)

Legions of Doors fans flocked to the lizard's gravesite, although many believed the lizard was not really dead.

Re:In other news (5, Funny)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about a year ago | (#43920445)

Legions of Doors fans flocked to the lizard's gravesite, although many believed the lizard was not really dead.

I read an interview with Ray Manzarek 20+ years ago that the interviewer asked if he though Jim Morrison was still alive. Ray Manzarek said he doubted it since it had been a long time since Jim called him to borrow money.

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920553)

Ray Manzarek said he doubted it since it had been a long time since Jim called him to borrow money.

+1 Funny.

Ray passed away two weeks ago. A couple years back I caught his show with Robby Krieger - they had a singer who looked and sounded like Jim Morrison (but he wasn't a wild man, which I'm sure Ray and Robby appreciated at that particular stage in their lives), and they played all the Doors' hits, so it was like going to a Doors tribute concert with two of the four original members of the Doors.

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43924347)

Was it Ian Astbury, lead singer for The Cult?

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43924625)

It was Dave Brock.

And that name is..? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920419)

Nice summary, it doesn't even mention the actual name. (Barbaturex morissoni)

Should be named after Neal Stevenson (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920575)

Or, perhaps Bobby Shaftoe.

Re:Should be named after Neal Stevenson (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920587)

*sigh*

StePHenson.

Sorry.

Re:Should be named after Neal StePHenson (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43921829)

*sigh*

*sigh*

"There was no ice at the polls" (2)

TimHunter (174406) | about a year ago | (#43920619)

Damn you autocorrect!

Poor bloody lizard (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#43920621)

Even in extinction it still faces persecution.

I am the Lizard King ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920783)

... and I can do anything!

Jim Morrison ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#43920853)

... would be rolling over in his grave if he wasn't still alive.

Re:Jim Morrison ... (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#43921601)

Yes, with laughter.

Before he started giving his money away (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43920881)

I thought Bill Gates made a pretty good lizard. Cold, calculating, unblinking.

Remember the incident when someone threw a pie in his face? He thought about his response and decided the person who threw it, in addition to not liking Gates and Microsoft, was also trying to get PR for his country's pastries (Belgium I think). So Gates said: "The worst part of it was that it didn't taste very good."

Re:Before he started giving his money away (1)

Schmorgluck (1293264) | about a year ago | (#43928515)

It hasn't been ever demonstrated that lizards are particlularly calculating.

What about Larry? (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | about a year ago | (#43920921)

You are forgetting another obvious candidate, Leisure Suit Larry. After all he did have an adventure in the land of the lounge lizards. I for one would welcome a lizard classified as Basiliscus Lafferi.

Wrong name (2)

andrewa (18630) | about a year ago | (#43920929)

Mr. Mojo Risin' would have been much better!

Doors fan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43921057)

Doors fans aren't made, they are born.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xillqqt0Y0

For Everybody under 50 (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43921649)

I have a suspicion that a lot of the under 50 crowd (especially under 25) just asked themselves who is "Jim Morrison"? He was the controversial lead singer of the "The Doors", who died fairly young under mysterious conditions (although it was probably drugs) that made many wonder if he was really dead. He was also known as "The Lizard King", hence the naming today. While I enjoyed several songs by "The Doors", personally I never understood the whole worship of Jim Morrison and found it pretty repulsive, but as always, you the reader are left to your own opinion.

Here you go:

Jim Morrison [wikipedia.org]

Popular song that has been covered often:
People are Strange [youtube.com]

One of lesser known songs:
Chrystal Ship [youtube.com]

Steve Taylor's music video expressing his puzzlement of what happened to Morrison and how his life turned out:
  Jim Morrison's Grave [youtube.com]

Re:For Everybody under 50 (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year ago | (#43923443)

Some young people go through what is called a 'Jim Morrison Stage' but it's shocking that anybody remains permanently a 'big fan.' Most people grow out of it.

Re:For Everybody under 50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43925107)

Why? Jim Morrison was probably the best american poet of the 20th century.

Captcha: phoenix

Re:For Everybody under 50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43925253)

uhh, no.

Re:For Everybody under 50 (1)

Schmorgluck (1293264) | about a year ago | (#43928565)

A pretty good one, okay, but the best? Come on...

Re:For Everybody under 50 (1)

gatesstillborg (2633899) | about a year ago | (#43927907)

I think he came flat up against one of the greatest trials or our age, specifically, to be used (emotionally) incestuously by his mother. (Which emotional is the standard though generally unrecognized form of mother/son incest.) He took some pains to understand what happened to him, though in the end was unequal to the resultant self-destructiveness. Still, all that notwithstanding, he did his best to "live out" and make a positive contribution in the form of great/cathartic art and entertainment.

The typos; they're spreading! (1)

prehistoricman5 (1539099) | about a year ago | (#43921881)

From the article:

"There was no ice at the polls, no glaciers, and a lot more carbon dioxide and water vapor in the atmosphere."

Dear editors, please do something to stop the spread of typoitis. This terrible disease continues to horrify the grammar nazis among us and I've had it with their moaning.

Re:The typos; they're spreading! (1)

mjwx (966435) | about a year ago | (#43922075)

From the article:

"There was no ice at the polls, no glaciers, and a lot more carbon dioxide and water vapor in the atmosphere."

Dear editors, please do something to stop the spread of typoitis. This terrible disease continues to horrify the grammar nazis among us and I've had it with their moaning.

Somewhere in here is a proper noun you failed to capitalise.

FRIST STOP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43922511)

file was opened United States of and armS and dick

Ah... scientific (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43925085)

Can we now dispense with the idea that the entire Linnaean Taxonomy is anything other than a subjective human construct? We can put this beside the "species" named after the Sonic the Hedgehog character.

For obscure reasons, I spent a lot of time under the misapprehension I was taught that this hierarchical collection of (formerly) officious-sounding Latin names represented "the way reality really is". It doesn't represent that at all. It represents some guys (and referring to them as "scientists" means nothing to this issue) naming stuff based on largely-arbitrary criteria.

Re:Ah... scientific (1)

Schmorgluck (1293264) | about a year ago | (#43928777)

Names are arbitrary. Names are conventions. The word "fire" is no more appropriate to design fire than "fuego", "feu", "Feuer", "tann", "ignis", "pyros", etc. Taxonomy has gone through some turmoil these latter decades in its branches (the advances in genetics are but one of the factors involved) but the way of naming species (the leaves of the tree) is still relevant. It may sound arbitrary to you, but it just carries cultural history, and why the hell not? Look up "psephophorus terrypratchetti" for another example.

The Lizard King is good fun, but my real favorite (1)

gatesstillborg (2633899) | about a year ago | (#43927969)

is Horse Latitudes. When the still sea conspires an armor, And her sullen and aborted currents breed tiny monsters, TRUE SAILING IS DEAD! Awkward instant, and the first animal is jettisoned. Legs furiously pumping Their stiff green gallop And heads bob up Poise Delicate Pause Consent In mute nostril agony Carefully refined And sealed over

shoulda' been a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43932333)

Crawlin' King Snake

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