Last week, a group of paleontologists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences put that rule to the test when they decided to name their latest find the "Ikrandraci avatar" — literally, "the Ikran dragon from Avatar."
In the movie, Ikrans were the blue dragon-looking creatures that the
Na'vi rode into battle, and apparently the scientists saw a resemblance.
Their new find is a pterosaur with a pelican-like throat pouch and a
wingspan of roughly eight feet, but the scientists say the name was
inspired by an Ikran-like crest on the creature's lower jaw. The group
believes the new pterosaur fed largely on fish from freshwater lakes,
and the crest was useful for scooping them out of the water. Still, the
artist's rendering looks more like a pelican than anything else,
suggesting the group may have let their fandom get the best of them.
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