A quest of honor similar to the geise.
"Eric" is a 85 percent complete opalized leptocleidine pliosaur (a marine reptile) from the early Cretaceous in Australia (it was named to honor Eric Idle of Monty Python, the television comedy show). Eric the pliosaur was a marine carnivore (meat-eater) that was about 6.5 ft (2 m) long. Fish back bones (and gastroliths) were found in the stomach area of this fossil, so it likely ate small fish, catching them in its crocodile-like jaws.
The name Eric is of Scandinavian origin. It is derived from the name Eirikr, meaning "honored ruler" or "complete ruler" from the words aiza, "honor", or ei "ever" and rik,"ruler. The most common historical form is Erik.