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George R.R. Martin reacts to pterosaurs species being named after the Targaryens

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The impact of great art has always been significant. It’s not limited to any specific geographical region or historical time; rather it transcends all known barriers of time and space. A Song of Ice and Fire books and the consequent TV adaptation, Game of Thrones have been able members of this club. Through unique storytelling and an interesting complexity of the plot, the saga by George R.R. Martin has touched millions across the globe.

The latest influence came in the form of a scientific honor to House Targaryen of Game of Thrones. A prehistoric species of earliest flying reptiles called pterosaurs has received a new line of toothy pterosaurs. The authors of the study have named it Targaryendraco wiedenrothi after the feisty Targaryens and their fiery dragons. It’s as special as it gets, and George R.R. Martin isn’t hiding his excitement.

In one of the posts on his official blog, Not a Blog, George talked about this coming together of fantasy and reality.

“This is really too cool,” he wrote. It definitely is, especially when you consider that something he created might go down as immortal in the history of this planet. Martin further said, “I am delighted, needless to say. Especially by the kind words of the discoverer, paleontologist Rodrigo Pegas, who is solidly on my side about dragons having two legs, not four.”

Rodrigo Pegas led this study that ultimately named the new pterosaur line after Game of Thrones. Pegas was all praises for the fantasy author for being true to science and choosing to depict his dragons with four limbs (two wings, two legs); contrary to the popular norm of six limbs (two wings, four legs). Pterosaurs, actual flying reptiles who lived about 145-66 million years ago, had four limbs too.

GRRM may seem a bit more fanciful when he wrote – “Alas, there is no evidence that the real-life Targaryendraco wiedenrothi actually breathed fire.” But the man has built a life-like world over such whimsical fancies, so dream on we would say! And his optimism is infectious. “No evidence…yet,” he signed off.

Amid the blog posts, the fans would be hoping the celebrated author is also writing The Winds of Winter, the long-overdue novel in A Song of Ice and Fire series. This amazing scientific discovery might just boost him forward. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments below.

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Game of Thrones had plenty of social messages hidden in plain sight. Though it may not be too obvious, it was a representation of our own society. According to recent research, the fantasy show is very similar to real-world human interactions. That’s the reason why the show was such a big hit, people could relate to the characters. The series was a big platform to showcase the Domestic Abuse women face behind closed doors. Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), has come forward in support of them.

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Emilia posted a picture on her Instagram with a heart symbol drawn on her hand. She captioned, “This is something I care deeply about, and a problem that is everywhere, but behind closed doors.

For far too many home isn’t a safe place for those living with domestic abuse. I want to reach out and connect to anyone reading this who may feel scared in their own homes during this time.

At home should not mean at risk – we support you. #YouAreNotAlone.

If you or anyone you know is at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, you can leave your home to seek refuge. The police will respond to your calls and support services remain available.

Call 999 if you are in immediate danger. If you can’t speak and are calling from a mobile, listen to the operator and, when prompted, dial 55 to be connected to the police who will help.

If you suspect a neighbour or someone you know is currently experiencing domestic abuse please do call 999 and let them take the situation forward.”

It’s time to raise our voices against the issue. Tell us how we can curb the violence in the comments below!

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Even though the year 2020 has ruined so many holidays for us, we can’t let go of the festive mood. Christmas is around the corner, and it’s time for cakes, cookies and presents! Festivals are one of the few occasions that strengthen the bonds of a family. It seems like singer Joe Jonas is already a step ahead, gifting his wife Sophie Turner an early Christmas present. The Game of Thrones star was really happy about it and proudly showed it off on Instagram.

Joe gifted her a T-shirt covered in throwback photos of singer and actress Miley Cyrus. The top is emblazoned with the words ‘Hannah Montana’. It features photos of Cyrus both in character as the Disney icon Hannah, who she played between 2006 and 2011, and as herself after she had shed her Disney image.

“Thanks to the Hubbs of the year for my early Christmas gift,” Turner wrote alongside a photo of herself posing in her new item of clothing.

They welcomed their baby daughter Willa in July this year. Sophie has got a tattoo tribute to her daughter. She has the letter W inked on her wrist below the J she already had for her husband.

Send your best wishes to Sophie and her cute little family in the comments below! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago. The fans of the fantasy series miss the show dearly. The cast of the show has moved on to newer projects. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) is busy shooting for Modern Love (And preparing for fatherhood as well). Iain Glenn (Ser Jorah Mormont) has completed the shooting of his upcoming movie The Racer.

Directed by Kieron J Walsh, the movie circles around a series of scandals that took place at the 1998 Tour de France. The film was the opening film for the Cork International Film Festival. Though fictional, The Racer shows the dangerous lengths teams will go to for a competitive edge. Iain Glen plays the team’s Mr Fixit with the syringes and vials, Sonny McElhone.

Vertigo Releasing will be releasing The Racer in UK cinemas and on streaming platforms from 18 December. The Racer was due to premiere at SXSW back in March before it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Empire.com has shared an exclusive clip from the movie along with a poster. Below are some snaps from the clip. Let’s check them out!

Are you excited about exploring the dark world of competitive cycling? Talk to us in the comments below!