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.