Extinct lizard named after The Doors' singer Jim Morrison

Strange days: The lizard was among a menagerie of animals inhabiting South East Asia during the Eocene
Strange days: The lizard was among a menagerie of animals inhabiting South East Asia during the Eocene

A newly described 6ft lizard that roamed South East Asia from 36-40 million years ago has been named after The Doors singer Jim Morrison.

The choice of name Barbaturex morrisoni is a play on the late frontman's epithet "The Lizard King".

Higher temperatures at the time are thought to have helped the lizard evolve to its unusual size.

The scientists were surprised to find that the reptile successfully competed for food against mammals.

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Retrieved on 21 December 2018 from https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22764946

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