Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Named After Avatar‘s Banshees


Okay, here’s how you know scientists are super-nerdy. It’s not because they discover a new type of pterosaur fossil and decide to name it after the flying dragons in Avatar.

No. That’s a good start, but this is what seals it…

It’s because they insist on using the Na’vi name of the dragons – they may be commonly referred to as Banshees, but Neytiri calls them Ikran. So the new dinosaur is now officially dubbed “Ikrandraco avatar,” which means, yes, “Ikran dragon from Avatar.”

In related news, I have decided to unofficially name certain types of Furries, who favor blue breasts, “Bareass bestialis avatar.” I don’t know if that’ll stick.