Scientists name extinct prehistoric lizard after Obama

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The lizard carrying Obama's name is small and has a slender jaw. Paleontologists had been considering instead naming a lizard described as a "ferocious carnivore" after Obama, but felt the slender lizard better fit the president.

Scientists said they might have reconsidered the decision had Obama not prevailed in last month's election.

“I was seriously thinking, if the election had gone the other way, I would have yanked it,” Yale paleontologist Nicholas Longrich told the paper. “It might have seemed like we were mocking it, naming a lizard that goes extinct after that, seemed kind of cruel.”

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