Amy spent lots of time going over the history of paleontology in Big Bend National Park as she worked there this summer as a paleo intern (more on that later). This mostly means she learned about all the old white dudes who found some giant pre-chicken bones out there a hundred years ago (blegh, dinosaurs). Occasionally the pictures of these old white dudes with fossils are not just irritatingly cliche but also incredibly, exceptionally creepy - which led to Amy frantically googling "old men with skeletons," which led to this blog post.
|Who knew Nosferatu was a vampire AND a paleontologist!|
Poor Douglas Lawson looked creepy when he first discovered Quetzalcoatlus, and it didn't get any better with age.
|Patterson attempts "Edward Skeletonhands" long before Johnny Depp was even born|
|More support that wearing glasses in fossil photos does not look smart. Just REALLY creepy.|
Apparently Richard Owen was creepy his whole life, and also deeply and weirdly attached to that Moa leg:
|Richard Owen gettin' a skelly beez|
|Raymond Dart: famous paleoanthropologist or mass murderer?|
This photo was legit titled "Edward Drinker Cope being a racist" via Sean Markey www.Krank.ie
Along those same lines...
|"And if we make up a measurement riiiiiiight here, we can continue to justify slavery and sexism!"|
|Is this third base with this dinosaur? Fourth? (we understand neither baseball nor the dinosaur reproductive system) |
|Brian Richmond. Paleoanthropologist, and Official Creep of the Year.|
(Just one more reason not to go to those hella expensive field schools.)
|We don't know what this is, or why it exists. But it does, and we felt it belonged in this hall of oddities.|
|But then again, sometimes the study organism is just as creepy. What is that devil raptor muppet behind Jack Horner? And why is he so rueful about it?|
We hope you found this post as vaguely unsettling as we did while making it. If you're wondering why this blog has been so quiet recently, here's a vague series of events that should be somewhat informative:
Meaghan: got married. Wrote dissertation. Defended Dissertation. Graduated (OMG CALL HER DOCTOR). Bought a House. Got a Puppy. Stopped giving a shit about anything other than how cute her puppy was. Got a job. Moved to Washington.
Amy: finishing her masters. Finding all the monkeys. Worked at Big Bend National Park for the summer. Trying not to get shot on campus because campus carry laws went into effect a few weeks ago. Investing in some serious protest dildos, takes a lot of time to find the right one.
|Not creepy at all, just two paleontologists being super super fuckin' cute.|
Moral of the story is: we live! We continue to write! We have just had ONE HELL OF A SUMMER, in a good way. Expect upcoming blog posts on those and many more topics!
XOXO, Meaghan and Amy
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