Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Who would sit at paleontology's last supper?


Image by Nick Farrantello, via Rational Crank.

This parody image has been making the rounds lately. It's the work of Nick Farrantello, who posted it on his blog Rational Crank. On Facebook, I jokingly asked where Dr. Thomas Holtz was. Of course, he didn't think he deserved a spot, but let's face it: we'd like to see some paleontologists at the table. So let's put it up for debate: what paleontologists would we set at a Paleontology Last Supper? This needn't be limited to dinosaur paleontology, or even vertebrate paleontology. We've got thirteen spots to fill with the people who have given us the most insight into the lost worlds of the past. Who should sit at them?

16 comments:

  1. Mary Anning, William Smith, more Leakeys than one would care to name, Joachim Barrande, and definitely Warren Somerville (to make up for me not realising his interest all those years ago).

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  2. This is gonna be fun. First off, I thing Georges Cuvier deserves a seat for starting the field. Cope and Marsh would be interesting additions, just be sure to put them at opposite ends of the table. John Ostrom should definitely go there, and as for non-dinosaur paleontologists, two that come to mind are George Gaylord Simpson and Stephen Jay Gould. Well, those are my nominations. Take em or leave em.

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  3. Bakker deserves a seat for sure. One or more of the Sternbergs should be there and Barnum Brown while we're at it. For people who supported and helped Palaeo in outreach Knight and Paul should be too (even if I'm still furious at Paul for his recent online behaviour towards the community).

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  4. Agassiz, Couvier, da Vinci, Dollo, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Gould, Lamark, Osborn, Ostrom, Owen, Romer, Simpson, Zittel.

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  5. John Ostrom, Sir Richard Owen, Charles Darwin, Barnum Brown, Stephen Jay Gould, Thomas Henry Huxley, Xu Xing, Bob Bakker, Mary Anning, Gideon Mantell
    ...and ME!lol jk

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    1. Konrad von Gesner, Cuvier, Mary Anning, Darwin, Owen, Mantell, Oppel, Osborn, Simpson, Ostrom, Gould, Sereno y Bonaparte

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    2. Also: Roy Chapman Andrews, Paul Sereno, Othniel Charles Marsh

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  6. Marsh, Owen, Darwin, Cope, Knight (because that would be super), Bakker, Ostrom, and Anning. Why is Pasteur in the "Judas" seat? I guess someone has to be...

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  7. in no order: Romer, Simpson, Carroll, Owen, Anning, William Smith, Gould, Sternberg the elder, Colbert, Walcott, Lamark, Marsh and Cope (almost to recent of a list, and too many VP people, but there you go)

    I can't believe no one thought of Colbert, Carroll or Walcott!!

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  8. Cuvier centre stage, with Gesner, Von Zittel, Nopsca, Anning, Mantell, Owen, Huxley, Leidy, Cope, Marsh, Dollo, and Ostrom around him.

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    1. And either Cope or Marsh in the Judas seat, depending on your preference.

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    2. It has to be Richard Owen in the Judas seat.

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    3. Agreed: if anyone has to be Judas, it should be Owen. But would that make Mantell Jesus?

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  9. Mantell

    Reverend William Fox of Brixton (now Brighstone)

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