10 Ridiculous Scientific Names

There aren’t as many rules to naming a scientific discovery as you might think– and that has led to some pretty outrageous names.

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Sources:

http://www.curioustaxonomy.net/index.html
http://www.iczn.org/iczn/index.jsp
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-worlds-strangest-scientific-names-14139154/?no-ist
http://www.iau.org/public/themes/naming/
http://www.scienceprofonline.com/biology-general/biological-classification-binomial-nomenclature.html
https://nerdfighteria.info/video/crashcourse/F38BmgPcZ_I
http://www.linnean.org/Education+Resources/who_was_linnaeus
https://www.911metallurgist.com/blog/five-minerals-with-super-strange-names

Nine ridiculously named minerals and rocks


http://www.gk12.research.pdx.edu/question/how-are-minerals-named
http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm
http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110823/full/news.2011.498.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110823180459.htm
http://www.livescience.com/34528-scissorhands-fossil-named-for-johnny-depp.html
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v497/n7451/full/497539b.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20130530
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/06/david-bowie-spider-endangered-species
This weird deep-sea worm has a dick on its head
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/16/bone-worm-mating-revealed-males-have-penis-on-head/
http://www.livescience.com/17903-gold-butt-beyonce-fly.html
http://eol.org/pages/393217/overview
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120113093634.htm
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/11/121106-sauron-new-dinosaur-lord-of-the-rings-science-t-rex/
http://research.amnh.org/users/estanley/Ed_Stanley/Smaug.html
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790310003581
Curious Scientific Names Can Make Insects Famous
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9520677
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272382257_The_affect_of_the_space_environment_on_the_survival_of_Halorubrum_chaoviator_and_Synechococcus_Nageli_Data_from_the_Space_Experiment_OSMO_on_EXPOSE-R
http://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A11485019
http://smithsonianscience.si.edu/2011/03/ohboya-its-the-bonaire-banded-box-jellyfish/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/05/27/say-hello-to-the-dementor-wasp-it-turns-cockroaches-into-zombies/
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0095068#s1
http://www.amnh.org/our-research/paleontology/faq/trilobite-website
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=1199792
http://phys.org/news/2015-05-microbes-survive-meteorites-shielded-uv.html
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ARieseng%C3%BCrtenschweif_TerraZoo_1.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACordylus_giganteus.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AScaptia_Beyonceae.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAmpulex_dementor_holotype.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAmpulex_dementor_2.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADavid_Bowie_spider.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AKootenay_National_Park_-_Paint_Pots_1.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASauroniops_holotype.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASmaug_par_David_Demaret.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AHan_solo_trilobite.JPG
http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/research/david_legg.htm David Legg

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