I thought a Name That Animal Challenge would be a fun way to commemorate my 100th blog post!
Pretend that you are a scientist and you have just discovered this new animal and you have the privilege of naming this unusual species. Scientists usually name new species by using Greek or/and Latin roots because the prefixes, stems, and suffixes are just like building blocks that you can utilize in countless ways.
Your challenge is to name the unique animal in the picture above using your knowledge of Greek and Latin roots. Keep in mind that you can use characteristics like size, color, or shape to name the animal. Feel free to search my blog to find root words to help you or use the list below.
hippo-, -hippus horse
morph form, shape
equi-, -equus horse
ungul-, ungula hoof
I came up with biceratohippus or two horned horse. The letter “o” is the most common way to link Greek roots, while the letter “i” is used to link Latin roots. However, you can do whatever you like and have fun!
If you enjoyed this activity, try Name That Animal Challenge #1, Name That Animal Challenge #2, and Name That Animal Challenge #3.
Bousbiceratolineatus–double-horned, striped cow. That’s part Latin and part Greek. Can you do that?
Melanoleucotaenibiceratohippus is my guess. 😉
ceratohippomorph is what I came up with. 🦏🐐