Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wingardium Dinosauria

Meet Dracorex hogwartsia (or Dragon King of Hogwarts for you non-Latin speakers) a very dragonesque dinosaur specimen dug up a few years ago and just recently classified as a new species:

"As for how it got its name? A group of children at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis drew the connection to the fanciful school of witchcraft that the famous fictional wizard Harry Potter attends and came up with the name hogwartsia."
When asked how she felt about her creations influencing the name of a newly discovered dinosaur species, author J.K. Rowling responded:
"I am absolutely thrilled to think that Hogwarts has made a small claw mark upon the fascinating world of dinosaurs," said Rowling, according to a museum press release. "I happen to know more on the subject of paleontology than many might credit, because my eldest daughter was Utahraptor-obsessed and I am now living with a passionate Tyrannosaurus rex-lover, aged three."
To the right is an artist's conception of what Dino would have looked like.

'Hogwats' Dragon Unveiled [Via Boing Boing]

1 comment:

Jay Pea Are said...

I am not a dinosaur expert at all, but let me tell you the artist drawings shows something that J.K. Rowling might come up with.