13 Prehistoric Animals Named (In Part) By Patrick Druckenmiller
Naming an animal is a big deal. The genus/species name is often chosen to honor the place where the animal was discovered as well as people who were influential in the discovery of the animal. Any proposed name has to be approved by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. University of Alaska Museum Earth Sciences curator and UAF professor Patrick Druckenmiller has been a part of many teams that discovered previously unknown ancient creatures. Here are 13 prehistoric animals that Druckenmiller is credited with finding and naming. We contacted Druckenmiller and he provided some insight into how these creatures got their binomial nomenclatures.