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Can You Guess What These Dinosaurs Are Nicknamed?

Scientists have a real knack for monikers.

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  1. 1. What's this dinosaur's nickname?

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    "Platypus" dinosaur
    "Lipstick" dinosaur
    "Smoochy" dinosaur

    That is Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a recently discovered T. rex relative and "platypus" dinosaur that has a mash-up of characteristics from various species, making it platypus-like.

  2. 2. What moniker was this dinosaur given, inspired by one of its features?

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    "Unusual Horrible Hand"
    "Jar Jar Binks"

    Deinocheirus mirificus (which means “unusual horrible hand”) was just a pair of extremely long arms for 50 years. After tracking down two more skeletons, scientists were able to cobble together the specimen and solve its mystery.

  3. 3. The bigger dinosaur's name is a tribute to what literary character?

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    Sauron from The Lord of the Rings
    Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones
    Dante from The Inferno

    After finding a skull fragment with a large eye socket, researchers named this giant predator Sauroniops pachytholus after the evil Sauron from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy epic, according to National Geographic.

  4. 4. What is this dinosaur called?

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    It's Wendiceratops pinhornensis, named after its discoverer, Wendy Sloboda.

  5. 5. What childhood staple is the dinosaur on the right named after?

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    "Pinocchio Rex"
    "Lisa Frank Rex"
    "SpongeBob Rex"

    "Pinocchio rex" is also a relative of the T. rex but has a longer nose (hence the name).

  6. 6. What did scientists nickname this winged dinosaur?

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    "Nightmare Hen"
    "Devil's Sidekick"
    "Chicken from Hell"

    This bird-like dinosaur is known as the "chicken from hell," and an average human would measure up just above its hip.

  7. 7. What is this dinosaur's name, inspired by a famous book series?

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    Katniss districtosaurus
    Dracorex hogwartsia
    Edward twilightia

    It's Dracorex hogwartsia, or "Dragon King of Hogwarts" from (you guessed it) the Harry Potter books.

  8. 8. What has this dinosaur been dubbed?

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    "The Cosmo Kramer of Dinosaurs"
    "A Real-Life Spork"
    "The Horny-est Dinosaur Ever"

    With a total of 15 spikes, Kosmoceratops richardsoni is known as "the horny-est dinosaur ever."

Can You Guess What These Dinosaurs Are Nicknamed?

You're pterrific!

Terrific with a silent "P," that is. Classification is hard, but what really matters is that you like dinosaurs, and they like you.

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You're tricera-TOPS!

Brring brring, hello? It's you, being awesome. This T. rex would clap for you, but he can't, so just imagine he is.

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You are dino-mite!

Are you a scientist, or did you just wear your smartypants today? You've got knowledge raptor round your finger, and you did so well you've earned a dinosaur dance, just for you.

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