Toothy prehistoric lizard named Obamadon after smiling president

Updated 13 December 2012
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Toothy prehistoric lizard named Obamadon after smiling president

NEW HAVEN, Conn: Researchers have named a newly discovered, prehistoric lizard “Obamadon gracilis” in honor of the 44th president’s toothy grin. The small, insect-eating lizard was first discovered in eastern Montana in 1974, but a recent re-examination showed the fossil had been wrongly classified as a Leptochamops denticulatus and was in fact a new species, researchers told Reuters on Tuesday.
Obamadon gracilis was one of nine newly discovered species reported on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In naming the new species, scientists from Yale and Harvard universities combined the Latin “Obamadon” for “Obama’s teeth” and “gracilis,” which means slender. “The lizard has these very tall, straight teeth and Obama has these tall, straight incisors and a great smile,” said Nick Longrich, a paleontologist at the school in New Haven, Connecticut.
It was believed to have lived during the Cretaceous period, which began 145.5 million years ago. Along with many dinosaurs from that era, the lizard died out about 65 million years ago when a giant asteroid struck earth, scientists say. Longrich said he waited until after the recent US election to name the lizard.
“It would look like we were kicking him when he’s down if he lost and we named this extinct lizard after him,” he said in an interview.
“Romneydon” was never under consideration and “Clintondon” didn’t sound good, said Longrich, who supported Hillary Clinton’s failed run against Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.
Obama is not the first politician whose name has been used to help classify organisms. Megalonyxx jeffersonii, an extinct species of plant-eating ground sloth, was named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, an amateur paleontologist who studied the mammal.
Earlier this year, researchers announced they had named five newly identified species of freshwater perch after Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Theodore Roosevelt. In 2005, entomologists named three species of North American slime-mold beetles agathidium bushi, agathidium cheneyi and agathidium rumsfeldi in honor of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld — the US president, vice president and secretary of defense at the time.





Other celebrity names also have been used to name new species. A small Caribbean crustacean has been named after reggae icon Bob Marley, an Australian horsefly has been named in honor of hip-hop star Beyonce, and an endangered species of marsh rabbit has been named after Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.


Follow the leader: 6 Arab men making waves on Instagram

Updated 24 April 2018
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Follow the leader: 6 Arab men making waves on Instagram

CAIRO: No longer the realm of social media-savvy women, there are a number of Arab men who are making a name for themselves on Instagram and it's high time you follow them.

Khalid Al-Ameri (@khalidalameri)
Followers: 210k


This hilarious Emirati blogger chronicles his daily adventures with his equally funny wife, Salama Mohamed, as they turn the stereotype of a typical Gulf Arab couple firmly on its head. Al-Ameri acts out skits, posts advice about love and relationships and shares insights on life.

Me and my emotions....

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Daniel Essa (@theparisiangents)
Followers: 4,315


After graduating from ESMOD in France, Syrian-born Essa launched his own label and frequently shares expertly curated advice on men’s grooming, personal style and travel via his social media accounts.


Ahmad Hamdy (@ahmedhamdydesigns)
Followers: 25k


Hamdy started his fashion career at the age of 18 with Calvin Klein. The Egyptian menswear designer is known for his chic and elegant style and fills his feed with slick suits designed by his own brand.

Ahmed El-Sayed (@twistedcurlz)
Followers: 86.8k


El-Sayed is one of the founders of The House of Nomads, one of Dubai’s most innovative fashion brands. He posts sun-kissed photos worthy of an Italian fashion shoot and even starred in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign set in Dubai earlier this year.

Ahmad Daabas (@ahmaddaabas)
Followers: 66.9k


The UAE-based Palestinian fashion blogger is the founder of men’s fashion site AMD Mode and walked the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana in 2017. He shares hipster-esque snaps from his travels and even offers his pet cat a starring role on his Instagram feed.

STAND TALL @poloralphlauren #ThePoloShirt #PoloRLStyle #PoloRalphLaurenXAhmadDaabas

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Saleh Al-Braik (@salehalbraik)
Followers: 185k


The Emirati blogger shares thought-provoking insights on the trials and tribulations of life and even writes up his own short stories to go with the perfectly captured moments he posts on his feed. You can expect travel shots, adorable family photos and a razor-sharp dress sense.

BETRAYAL ⠀ ⠀ I have been told that I am loved to my face, only to be stabbed in the back by that same person. The thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. It’s a different form of pain, one that rocks you to your core. You meet someone and fall in love with their soul, whether it’s a friendship or relationship, your spirits connect. It then comes completely out of the blue, where you find out that they have betrayed you. They broke a promise, they cheated on you, then lied to you, they talked about you, or worse, they hid things from you. Ask my family and friends, I would never use the term “hate” to another person. I feel that the word alone leaves a heavy load on my heart. However, when it comes to betrayal, it’s something that can poison even the purest of hearts. ⠀ ⠀ I would love to tell you how to avoid it, but this is something you will never be able to avoid. As I grew older, I realized that I got better at picking those with loyalty, but it is never certain. The trauma left from betrayal can last for years. I do my best not to focus on it, but it is scary to think that I have become completely vulnerable in front of my inner circle. The same vulnerability and trust that I gave to those that came before them. Those that have scarred me. It is probably my greatest fear, and here I am exposing it. The only thing I can give you advice on is to surrender to it. You can never determine your future. You can just allow your heart to love and trust. Be vulnerable, and if it ends badly, then so be it. You can’t control people, you can’t force them to be loyal. But what you can do is control yourself. You can have standards. You can refuse to be lied to or cheated on over and over again. You can forget them. You can CHOOSE to move on. ⠀ ⠀

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