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What’s my name? A quick quiz

By , 8 April 2020

One of the perks of being a scientist is getting to name things. Can you decode these scientific names and get full marks?


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

#1. The numbers 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 21 … form a famous sequence, but what is it called?

b) The triangular numbers are made by adding the counting numbers together 1 2 3 4 …

#2. You can find astroblemes at Vredefort, Chicxulub and Wolfe Creek, but what exactly are astroblemes?

Astroblemes are impact craters. The name means ‘star wound’.

#3. What is the scientific name for cows?

Bos taurus is the scientific name for domesticated cows.

#4. What do you call an animal that is only active during the daytime?

Diurnal animals are active during the day.

#5. CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory just got a new name – but what is it?

The Australian Animal Health Laboratory is now known as the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness

Was I right?

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