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Lizard Named For Jim Morrison 50

Posted by samzenpus
from the lizard-king dept.
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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Lizard Named For Jim Morrison

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  • And that name is..? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ostrich25 (544788) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @08:10PM (#43920353)
    Nice summary, it doesn't even mention the actual name. (Barbaturex morissoni)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @08:15PM (#43920391)
    Someday, when humans are dead and gone, Jim Morrison's legacy will continue to live on.
    • by c0lo (1497653) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @08:33PM (#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!?!)

  • by Brett Buck (811747) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @08:15PM (#43920397)

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

    • by The Grim Reefer (1162755) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @08:22PM (#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.

  • And that name is..? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

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

  • by TimHunter (174406) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @08:51PM (#43920619)
    Damn you autocorrect!
  • Even in extinction it still faces persecution.
  • ... would be rolling over in his grave if he wasn't still alive.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    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."

  • 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.
  • by andrewa (18630) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @09:42PM (#43920929)
    Mr. Mojo Risin' would have been much better!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 06, 2013 @12:16AM (#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]

    • 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.

    • 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.
  • 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.

    • by mjwx (966435)

      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.

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