Jurassic Austen Hunkosaur & His Wonderful, Darling Friend

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This morning’s entry in the Jurassic Austen nomenclature is from the county of Surrey. Have you spotted these specimens in your trek through #JurassicAusten World?



Knightleysaurus gallantum
Common Name: Mr. Knightley

Description: K. gallantum was a gentle giant among the Austenosaurs. Tall enough to be master over all he surveyed, there was not 1 in 100 hunkosaurs so gentlemanly as K. gallantum.

Range: Mr. Knightley was master of Donwell Abbey in Surrey, known by some self-appointed experts as ‘the Garden of England’.

Behaviors: Knightleysaurus gallantum moved elegantly throughout Highbury, providing guidance to smaller dinosaurs and gifting foodstuffs, like his favorite apples, to those less fortunate. K. gallantum, although genial and gentlemanly, preferred to stay at home where it was cozy.

Mating Habits: Mr. Knightley was one of the most patient of the Austenosaurs, only provoked to action when a lesser hunkosaur tried to hone in on his territory. Although K. gallantum stated that complete truth seldom belonged to any disclosure, he frequently angered the object of his affection with unpleasant truths about the results of her actions. He demonstrated his worth by proving himself her friend through honesty, and being an excellent dancer, despite his former protestations.

Emmaptera errata
Common Name: Miss Emma Woodhouse

Description: Emmaptera errata, handsome, clever and rich, was a winged Austenosaur that swooped in and out of others’ business.

Range: Although capable of flight, Miss Woodhouse lived a life limited to Hartfield and the area surrounding Highbury.

Behaviors: E. errata was most notable for bungling social situations. She swooped in to ‘fix’ other dinosaurs mating choices, often misreading true feelings, and blind to prevarication. Her heart was good, however, and her penchant for caring dovetailed nicely with Knightleysaurus’s generosity and his ability to afford it. Eventually

Mating habits: Initially, E. errata had no inclination toward mating, preferring instead to meddle in her friends’ affairs. She carried on a flirtation with Churchillophus deceptivus before realizing her feelings for him were not genuine. Like Knightleysaurus, she was only provoked to act when a meeker Austenosaur, Harrietadon simplum, aspired to be Mistress of K. gallantum’s Donwell Abbey.

(Image credit: Diplodocus Wikimedia; Rahonavis Wikimedia; Garden by JR P on flickr)

 To enter our paleontology giveaway: Make a comment on any of the participating blog posts suggesting a #JurassicAusten dinosaur name, sharing a picture of your own Austenosaur, adding to an existing description, or simply making your thoughts known.  At the end of the event, we will enter all unique comments on the blog posts into a random drawing for a published Meryton Press book of the winner’s choice. Multiple comments will be accepted as multiple entries as long as they are each unique, don’t resemble spam, and are pertinent to the subject matter at hand.

If you’ve missed the other posts, here’s a list:

Jurassic Austen Blog Tour Links

June 10 Meddling Mamasaur KC Kahler

June 10 Siblings Beau North

June 11 Siblings 2.0 Jessica Evans

June 11 Dramasaur KC Kahler

June 12 Wentworth Hunkosaurus KC Kahler

June 12 Rosings Biome Linda Beutler

June 13 New species of Austenosaur KC Kahler

June 13 Hunsford Tar Pits Linda Beutler

Good luck!

Now…who has a Austenosaur name for Miss Bates? Mr. Woodhouse? oooh, Mrs. Elton!

4 Responses

  1. Joy Dawn King
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    Miss Bates: Spinstertera timidus
    Mr. Woodhouse: Hypochondrius Rex
    Mrs. Elton: Snarkasaur gossipii

  2. Monica P
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    “a winged Austenosaur that swooped in and out of others’ business.” Hahaha I love that. Emma is my weak point when it comes to Austen knowledge (still haven’t read it) but might Mr Woodhouse belong to the Hypochondricus Elderlii species? *snicker*

  3. karen
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    Love it, Joy – especially your Snarkasaur. Oh, Monica – you must read Emma! The dialogue is so witty and clever, some of the best she ever wrote, I think.

  4. Lúthien84
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    This post completes the cycle of using characters from each Jane Austen’s novels. Thanks for writing the fabulous and fitting descriptions of Emma and Mr Knightley. I loved the picture btw especially Emma as a winged and colourful creature. Really well done.

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