Wednesday, May 24, 2006

New release: "Harry Potter & the Prehistoric Biology"

Can you find any link between the boring adventures of Harry Potter (sorry if any of you guys like those books, but I personally find them deceiving) and dinosaurs? Well, an article published in The Times found a scientist that created one.
Robert Bakker, an American paleontologist, discovered the bones of a new dinosaur species, which will be taken to a museum in Indianapolis. According to him, this dinosaur is very similar to the dragon fought by Harry Potter and his friends in the volume Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (which, by the way, I didn't read, so I assume that such data is correct), so that simple supposed coincidence gave him the idea of naming the species as Dracorex Hogwartsia, honoring of course Harry's school, Hogwarts.
I can't understand why would a paleontologist that finds an unknown dinosaur species name his discovery after an imaginary school existing in a collection of poor quality novels. It's just a creative way to waste a unique opportunity in life - to discover something new for humanity and to name the discovery after the person who found it.
Sorry, Mr. Baker, I'm afraid that Hogwarts' name will be remembered in the future instead of yours.


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