Although it became extinct after the same event that wiped out the dinosaurs, scientists have recently identified an insect-eating lizard, naming it after our present-day Commander-in-Chief. Meet “Obamadon,” scientifically known as Obamadon gracilis.
Discovered by researchers at Yale and Harvard University, Obamadon was part of a branch of lizards called Polyglyphanodontia, which was one of the lizard groups that disappeared at the end of the Cretaceous. In fact, according to Yale’s press release, close to 83 percent of all snake and lizard species, especially those larger than one pound, were killed during the mass extinction 65.5 million years ago.
The smaller blue-grey lizard watching the action in this artist’s rendering is Obamadon. (Image: Carl Buell via Yale)
“It is a small polyglyphanodontian distinguished by tall, slender teeth with large central cusps separated from small accessory cusps by lingual grooves,” the scientists wrote of Obamadon, which according to Yale’s press release was researched almost entirely from just two jaw bones. It is estimated the lizard was less than a foot long.