A dinosaur has been named after Marvel's Thanos.
It was reported in 2014 that Sérgio Luis Simonatto and his team had discovered evidence of a newly uncovered species. Earlier this year, the remains were confirmed to belong to a brachyrostran abelisaurid. The leading theories suggest it came from the late Cretaceous Period, in what is now Brazil. It's also believed that the dinosaur was not necessarily the apex predator of its habitat, but still a dangerous carnivore.
While naming the new species, scientists decided upon Thanos Simonattoi, after Marvel's Mad Titan, Thanos. Created in 1973 by Jim Starlin, the character became a veritable household name this year with his central role in the blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.
Fans on r/inthesoulstone posted about the dinosaur, making note of its small arms, and wondering how exactly was it going to wear the Infinity Gauntlet. One comment helpfully adds “on his feet."
This isn’t the first time a dinosaur has been named after a comic book character. A cousin of the triceratops was discovered in 2015, with researchers comparing it to Hellboy because of its distinctive horns.