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The 10 Best Prehistoric Nicknames

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Who Can Resist the Demon Duck of Doom?
secodontosaurus

Secodontosaurus (Dmitri Bogdanov)

When a prehistoric animal has a difficult-to-pronounce name like Cretoxyrhina or Oreopithecus, it helps if it's also given a catchy nickname--after all, the "Demon Duck of Doom" is more likely to to feature in newspaper headlines than the much more ordinary-sounding Bullockornis. Here's a selection of the 10 best nicknames in the history of paleontology, which have been bestowed on creatures as diverse as sharks, dogs and prehistoric parrots.

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