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Newly discovered species of early flying reptiles get named after Game of Thrones’ Targaryens

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Earliest flying reptiles get named after Game of Thrones' dragons and Targaryens

When we saw dragons on Game of Thrones, we didn’t believe they could be real enough to fly in flesh and bones; just like most characters in Westeros thought. It’s a myth of the folklore, a tale of the fool to intrigue us all. Well, reality surprised everyone. Now, it’s time for a real surprise though. According to National Geographic, a prehistoric species of flying reptiles called Pterosaurs has got a brand-new line added to its heritage. And the nomenclature is inspired by the ever so popular sensation, Game of Thrones.

Earliest flying reptiles get named after Game of Thrones' dragons and Targaryens

A paleontologists’ report in the journal Historical Biology reports that “a fossilized creature with oddly dark bones has emerged as the first of its name in a newly described line of toothy pterosaurs.” The new line has been named Targaryendraco wiedenrothi, after House Targaryen and its dragons from Game of Thrones. The report also suggests that it is the most complete pterosaur found in Germany from the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic Era, roughly about 145-66 million years ago. The fossil includes its ribs, wings, and jaws.

The team has also found six previously known pterosaurs to be closely related to the new group; thus, they have added them to the Targaryendraconia group. Members of this group had wings that spanned between 10 to 26 feet with unusually narrow snouts (nose & mouth stuck outwards) that ended in teeth jutting forward from the jaw.

Earliest flying reptiles get named after Game of Thrones' dragons and Targaryens

Rodrigo Pêgas, a paleontologist at Universidade Federal do ABC in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil led the study and identified some key features for us. “All these species are from shallow coastal environments (such as Brazil, England, Australia) and probably fed on fish. The slenderness of jaw is the main feature they share… it’s the extreme slenderness in the jaws of any toothed pterosaurs,” he noted.

Taissa Rodrigues, a pterosaur expert, said, “The naming of Targaryendraco crowns the recognition of an overlooked lineage of flying reptiles…that lived for millions of years during the Cretaceous.” She was not a part of the study.

The dark fossils of their study made the authors remember the black bones of the dragons of House Targaryen. Furthermore, the pterosaurs found their way into George R.R. Martin’s imagination of dragons and eventually into Game of Thrones, the report believes. They said that while dragons are depicted in books, films or artwork in general with six limbs: four legs and two wings, it doesn’t make any biological sense. According to Pêgas, there is no knowledge of the existence of a vertebrate creature with as many limbs in this order.

Earliest flying reptiles get named after Game of Thrones' dragons and Targaryens

George R. R. Martin took notice of these real creatures who inhabited the Earth a long, long time ago. His dragons, thus, have four limbs: two wings for forelimbs and two hind legs, anatomy similar to pterosaurs. Pêgas found this attention-to-detail very admirable. “I always thought this was very nice, especially because I work on pterosaurs.” Does it make him a fan of the series? “I am a big nerd and a big fan of Game of Thrones,” he admitted. And just for context, the naming of the pterosaur species as Targaryendraco has made it a case of reality-affecting-fiction-affecting-reality. We have come a full circle.

Since we are admiring details, here’s a side note: Pterosaurs are often mistaken for dinosaurs. Although both shared a common ancestor, they evolved quite differently and thus are different species. The modern birds have not descended from pterosaurs; rather from small, feathered dinosaurs.

Speaking of overlooked and misunderstood species, we know that dragons and Targaryens will be shown in a wholesome light in the fantasy world as well when House of the Dragon arrives. This new addition to science is another welcome sign for the Game of Thrones spinoff series. The release is still far away (in 2022) but then the pterosaurs flew millions of years ago. So, we think we’ll wait. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.







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Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) starrer Killing Eve Season 3 to premiere two weeks early

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The coronavirus outbreak is refusing to slow down around the world. People have been in lockdown for quite some time now depending on where they are. Amidst the chaos, there is a growing need of keeping the people inside their homes and provide them with some entertainment. With the production of most upcoming shows halted due to the pandemic, we have found some silver lining. Read on to find out more!

As per the Variety, the premiere of the third season of Killing Eve has been preponed by two weeks. The show was earlier going to release on April 26 but will be premiering now on April 12. The President of AMC networks was quoted as saying:

“We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now.”

The Premiere of Killing Eve Season 3 starring Gemma Whelan moved up by two weeks

 

He added:

“This season of ‘Killing Eve’ digs deep psychologically, and with actors like Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw the results are nothing short of astonishing. We literally couldn’t wait for fans to see it.”

The trailer of the series was released recently. Check it out!

Apart from Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, the series also stars Game of Thrones Gemma Whelan. Whelan had played the role of Yara Greyjoy in Thrones. Whelan was in the news recently when she said that she enjoys being typecast as a lesbian.

Killing Eve’s synopsis promises a lot and it looks like an interesting ride.

The synopsis states:

“The third season of the award-winning drama continues the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice. For Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the assassin without a job, Eve (Sandra Oh) is dead. For Eve, the ex-MI6 operative hiding in plain sight, Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances…and perhaps a share of their souls.”

Great to see the AMC releasing the show early isn’t it. The fans were left disappointed when the production of network’s Walking Dead had to be halted and this should give them some respite.

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George R. R. Martin says Coronavirus shutdown will give him “more time to finish The Winds Of Winter”

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George R.R. Martin feels the coronavirus shutdown could give him more time to finish The Winds Of Winter

Most of us cannot recall being locked down in our homes like this ever before in our lives. It’s perhaps a once in a lifetime thing that’s happening to us. Of course, not everyone can afford to look at it like that. Coronavirus has cost us many more lives and troubles than any such pacifiers. Amidst a global lockdown, nature resets, we regroup as a community, and the health workers battle the crisis with wartime immediacy. The author who laid the foundation for Game of Thrones has sent a hopeful message towards us though. George R. R. Martin hinted that the COVID-19 shutdown might just allow him to finish The Winds of Winter (TWOW) sooner than expected.

George R.R. Martin feels the coronavirus shutdown could give him more time to finish The Winds Of Winter

As for how long George has been writing The Winds, you may not want to recount. But it’s been close to a decade since the last novel in A Song of Ice and Fire saga, A Dance with Dragons released in 2011; in the meanwhile, we’ve seen the conclusion of the saga in the form of the most popular show on the planet, Game of Thrones. However, GRRM’s latest post on his Not a Blog has given us hope that 2020 could be the year of the highly awaited TWOW. In a post that highlighted the effects of the virus that’s been haunting us since the beginning of this year, George said something about the sixth novel in the ASOIAF series.

“If there is a silver lining in these clouds, this will give me more time to finish WINDS OF WINTER. I continue to write every day, up here in my mountain fastness,” wrote Martin.

To remind you, George informed us about his good health and current whereabouts in another one of his blog posts. He had said that he’s in a “remote isolated location”; with one of his staff taking care of him. Moreover, he told us that he’s writing every day, spending more time in Westeros than in the real world. Thus, without any external distractions and an indefinite lockdown, TWOW could be a real possibility in 2020. With House of the Dragon still far away, this could be good news for all the fans.

The American author, in his recent post, noted that almost all the upcoming events are either postponing or canceling their schedules, while many of them have decided to go virtual; including the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) scheduled to take place in New Zealand this year. Named CoNZealand, GRRM had committed to deliver The Winds at this very event this year; though that seems like a stretch now. His cinema hall, the Jean Cocteau Cinema, and bookstore, Beastly Books are most likely to remain closed in the coming weeks, he observed; regarding the rather worsening situation due to coronavirus pandemic.

George R.R. Martin feels the coronavirus shutdown could give him more time to finish The Winds Of Winter

The acclaimed author has even suggested his pick of books, films, and TV series to engage ourselves during isolation. For readers, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (the Dunk & Egg novellas), and Wild Cards series by GRRM; Quillifer by Walter Jon Williams, and Aftershocks series by Marko Kloos. Among films and TV, he recommended Doctor Sleep, The Plot Against America, Ozark’s third season, HBO’s miniseries The Outsider, Westworld, and Better Call Saul.

We send our thanks and blessings to George and wish he keeps sound health. What do you guys think? Can we expect The Winds to arrive in 2020? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.







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Peter Sollett to direct D. B. Weiss & David Benioff’s Netflix project ‘Metal Lords’

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D. B. Weiss and David Benioff are back in news again! Do not worry it has got nothing to do with the final season of Game of Thrones. After being part of a crossover between the two worlds on HBO’s Westworld, the duo has now got an able director for their upcoming Netflix project Metal Lords. Read on to find out more!

The showrunner duo of Game of Thrones had signed a huge deal with the streaming giant a few months ago and there had been lots of anticipation building around it. Now, it has been confirmed that Peter Sollett will be directing the duo’s upcoming project Metal Lords. Sollett’s work includes Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and a few episodes of Rise and Almost Family.

As per Full Circle Cinema, Weiss and Benioff are going to be the producer along with Greg Shapiro of The Hurt Locker fame. As per the report, the film will follow two high school kids with dreams to start a heavy metal band. Additionally, they come across a girl who plays the cello and the three form a tumultuous team to compete in an upcoming battle of the bands.

Peter Sollett to direct D.B. Weiss & David Benioff’s Netflix project ‘Metal Lords’

The duo was recently also seen together in an episode of Westworld. Their cameo showed a dragon that looked similar to Drogon, laying dead, leading to some fans saying that HBO has finally killed the last surviving dragon. Plenty was said about that cameo too as it received mixed reactions from the fans. However, the makers of Westworld, Lisa Joy, and Jonathan Nolan, were happy about it and in fact, credited George R.R. Martin for the idea!

They had said:

“We’re also friendly with George R.R. Martin, and George had consistently since the first season said, “We’ve got to do a tie-in with ‘Game of Thrones.’” People forget that George was originally a TV writer and he came up in the TV world in which you’d occasionally have these crossover shows, which the fans would f—ing freak out over. So George had always been pitching the crossover show.”

How about you folks? Excited about the new announcement? Write to us in the comments below!







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