Ancient Extinct Lizard Named After President Obama

A new study by Yale researcher Nicholas Longrich published Monday has found that 85 percent of lizard and snake species, long thought to have survived an asteroid blast that wiped out dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, went extinct at the same time.

Among the casualties was a foot-long lizard that lived in Montana, that Longrich has named "The Obamadon". "It's something a lot of people haven't thought about, too," he says. "But the fact is many current snakes and lizards aren't related." Obama also has a species of fungus and a fish named after him.

Longrich arrived at the idea of naming a lizard or dinosaur after Obama shortly after he won the presidency in 2008, and finally got the chance while conducting research for the study, in which he describes nine new species.