Okay, just 8 possible nicknames left. Does our hypothetical common placental ancestor look more like a Placentor or a Mancestor? Nova or Hypotheshrew? Make your vote today for a final, furry 4!
Watch the 2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, moderated by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History, on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 pm EDT on amnh.org/live.
Nearly 3,000 people cast their vote during our first round of March Mammal Madness, narrowing the possible names for our hypothetical common placental ancestor down to 16. Help us narrow down the choices even further by voting for your favorites below. You have until 5 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 19, to make your selections.
The “Name Your Ancestor” contest resulted in more than 1,000 name suggestions for the hypothetical common placental ancestor that scientists described last month. The top 32 contestants, as selected by the Museum and WNYC’s Radiolab, range from serious to silly. Starting today, we need your help to pick the winning moniker for this small, furry, insect-eating mammal.