Jurassic Austen? This might be the oddest mash-up ever – or the most inspired! Join us between June 10-14 as we discover new, yet strangely familiar species of dinosaurs.
Several of our authors have put together a cast of dino-characters who may not have made the cut for Jurassic World, but would make a highly diverting ensemble entertaining Austen lovers far and wide. Ever heard of the Hunkasaurus pemberlii, AKA Mr. Darcy? Or the seen the Duplicidon creepus commonly know as Wickham? Well, we share some information on the Hunkasaurus in case you’d like to find one. We hope you never get caught in the sights of a Duplicidon creepus.
Common Name: Mr. Darcy
H. pemberlii initially employed an odd mixture of aloofness and insults to woo the female who had caught his eye, Vivamentopteryx vivoculos (Elizabeth Bennet). When those strategies failed, Mr. Darcy reformed his proud behavior, instead emphasizing his generosity, adaptability, and crisis-handling skills. These qualities, in combination with the aforementioned splendid estate, made him the ideal mate for V. vivoculos.
animated gif by KC Kahler, using images from Wikimedia Commons: T. rex, Chatsworth
We will be posting about our newly unearthed creatures twice daily during the #JurassicAusten event. There will be a ‘scientific’ artist’s rendition and lots of ‘authentic’ information about these creatures habits.
It’s all fun and games and we want you to join us and play along. Follow the posts and make a comment on any of the participating blog posts suggesting a #JurassicAusten dinosaur name, sharing a picture of your own Austenosaur, adding to an existing description, or simply making your thoughts known. At the end of the event, we will enter all unique comments on the blog posts into a random drawing for a published Meryton Press book of the winner’s choice. Multiple comments will be accepted as multiple entries as long as they are each unique, don’t resemble spam, and are pertinent to the subject matter at hand.
Morning: KC Kahler: Maternosaurus vulgaris
Afternoon: Beau North: Avaricium hypochondrius
Night: Jessica Evans: Siblioraptor wantonus
Morning: KC Kahler: Diplosororia dramatis
Morning: KC Kahler: Nauticolophus fidelum
Afternoon/Night: Linda Beutler: Primary dinosaur species of the Rosings biome
Morning: KC Kahler: Novellalectora ingenuus
Afternoon/Night: Linda Beutler: Denizens of the Hunsford Tar Pits
Morning: Karen M. Cox: Knightleysaurus gallantum and his wonderful darling friend
Afternoon: Karen M Cox: TyrannoNorris acribum
Night: KC Kahler: Bellopteryx sorori
We hope you join us in our tongue in cheek ventures through paleontology.
Fabulous! I especially enjoyed the note “Mr. Darcy is sometimes thought of as semi-aquatic, but this misconception stems from a popular film depiction.”
Ah yes! It’s important to be scientifically accurate.
This misconception does improve his chances of good results in his mating habits. 😉
This is gonna be so fun! Great idea.
I hope you join in the fun!
This was just fantastic! I was planning on commenting about the semi – aquatic bit, too, but Paige beat me to it. Looking forward to the rest, very much indeed.
That particular myth is so dear to so many.
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Hunkasaurus indeed!! That’s awesomely funny!
KC came up with that one, but so appropriate for this species.
Sounds like a fun idea. I’m not good with names but I wonder how did the scientific name for Elizabeth came to be. Anyone care to explain?
Well, I’ll answer since I wrote that one. In naming all my dino characters, I generally make a short list of typical characteristics to describe them. For Elizabeth, my list was basically: lively mind, lively eyes. So, using Latin roots for those words (sort of): “vivax” for lively, “mens” for mind, “oculos” for eyes. The -pteryx part means winged in Greek, as in the famous transitional fossil Archeopteryx (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeopteryx).
See it’s all very scientific. Except when it’s not!
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Joy D King
This was awesome!!! What fun! Like the other brillianticus commentarias (you won’t find that in Google Translate) I am particularly fond of the semi-aquatic behavior too. Well done!
The semi-acquatic behavior had us at hello, as in hello-sweetcheeks-welcome-to my-life!
Joy Dawn King
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