1056: Felidae

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Felidae
'Smilodon fatalis' narrowly edged out 'Tyrannosaurus rex' to win this year's Most Badass Latin Names competition, after edging out 'Dracorex hogwartsia' and 'Stygimoloch spinifer' (meaning 'horned dragon from the river of death') in the semifinals.
Title text: 'Smilodon fatalis' narrowly edged out 'Tyrannosaurus rex' to win this year's Most Badass Latin Names competition, after edging out 'Dracorex hogwartsia' and 'Stygimoloch spinifer' (meaning 'horned dragon from the river of death') in the semifinals.

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This comic shows a graph with three parts.

First, the names are sorted up by genera (plural of genus, a low-level taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms) from bottom to top of which animals would win in a fight. Secondly, the names within the genus are then sorted by coolness of name from left to right. Thirdly, in red you can see the direction that Apple has taken with nicknaming the versions of their OS X operating system. They started at v10.0 "Cheetah", and have moved through genera from there in no order that this chart can make out.

OS X version code name year released
10.0 Cheetah 2001
10.1 Puma 2001
10.2 Jaguar 2002
10.3 Panther 2003
10.4 Tiger 2004
10.5 Leopard 2006
10.6 Snow Leopard 2008
10.7 Lion 2010
10.8 Mountain Lion 2012

Bobcats are a joke in this comic because they appear in the strangest places. The genus Puma here only lists synonyms for the puma (see cougar) instead of the actual genus. Of course, the three OS X versions named by three of these synonyms are not the same.

Despite being named after "Hogwarts", the magical school from the Harry Potter series of books and movies, Dracorex hogwartsia is real.

Since this comic was published, Apple has stopped naming versions of OS X after big cats: v10.8 "Mountain Lion" was followed by v10.9 "Mavericks", named after a beach in California, and will be followed by v10.10 "Yosemite", named after the California national park.

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Well-known felines:
[A graph organizing various feline species labeled with common names ordered by Genera (in order of which would win in a fight) on the y axis, and coolness of name on the x axis.]
Smilodon (extinct): "Saber-toothed cat (scientific name: Smilodon fatalis)
Panthera: "Jaguar", "Leopard", "Snow Leopard", "Tiger", "Lion"
Puma: "Cougar", "Puma", "Panther", "Mountain Lion"
Other felidae: "Ocelot", "Cheetah"
Felis & Lynx: "Housecat", "Bobcat", "Wildcat", "Lynx"
[Some elements are further connected using an unbranched acyclic digraph. The elements are connected thus: "Cheetah" -> "Puma" -> "Jaguar" -> "Panther" -> "Tiger" -> "Leopard" -> "Snow Leopard" -> "Lion" -> "Mountain Lion".]
The OS X Problem
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Discussion

I'm pretty sure there's the saber-toothed tiger in the smilodon category too. That's gonna be faaar to the right. Davidy22[talk] 10:05, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

@davidy: saber-toothed tiger == saber-toothed cat. Same animal, different name. 189.135.115.199 21:38, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

If I'm not mistaken, Dracorex hogwartsia was specifically named for Hogwarts, so the name isn't disturbingly similar.Kdesltd (talk) 06:13, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

this page is useless without a table of cat names to osx versions

cause where else am i going to go for that information? obviously [explain]xkcd. 68.201.90.115 22:43, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

Here! Dawfedora (talk) 18:27, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

I see your sarcasm and raise you one wikitable. 173.245.52.205 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

No one addresses what the Ox problem is - I believe that he could be referring to the fact that all the cool names are taken. Althoug it could be the strange order? Seems like the mountain lion version wasn't even out? Did he know that this was the name or did he guess? No matter what he did spot a problem since they did stop using cat names. Kynde (talk) 16:24, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
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