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Can You Guess What These Dinosaurs Are Nicknamed?

Scientists have a real knack for monikers.

Posted on August 13, 2015, at 1:32 p.m. ET

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

    Gabriel Lo / Via birmingham.ac.uk
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    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?

    Yuong-Nam Lee / Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources / Via youtube.com
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    Deinocheirus mirificus (which means β€œunusual 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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    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?

    Danielle Dufault / Via blogs.plos.org
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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?

    Chuang Zhao / Via nature.com
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    "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?

    Mark A. Klingler / Carnegie Museum of Natural History
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    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?

    Nobu Tamura / Creative Commons / Via en.wikipedia.org
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    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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    With a total of 15 spikes, Kosmoceratops richardsoni is known as "the horny-est dinosaur ever."

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