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President Obama's grin inspires name of new dinosaur

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President Barack Obama Credit: President Barack Obama (Getty Images)

Researchers at Yale University have named a dinosaur "Obamadon gracilis" in honor of the president's toothy grin.

The small lizard was first found in 1974, but it recently was discovered that the fossil was wrongly classified and was actually a new species, researchers said Tuesday.

Yale scientists combined the Latin "Obamadon" for "Obama's teeth" and "gracilis," or slender.

"The lizard has these very tall, straight teeth and Obama has these tall, straight incisors and a great smile," said Yale paleontologist Nick Longrich.

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