April 29, 2009

If you woke up this morning and thought, “Global warming is on the rise, amphibians are in a race to see who can go extinct first, the economy is in the toilet, any day now my boss will discover that I don’t actually do anything at work,  and my blog will never have the eclectic cachet of SV-POW!, but at least Mike Taylor doesn’t have a Ph.D.,” then it is my happy duty to ruin your day. Mike defended today, successfully.


Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present Michael P. Taylor of Ruardean, Englishman, adventurer, raconteur, Doctor of Philosophy in the paleontological arts. Note that when recumbent he is approximately equal in length to 1.5 Sauroposeidon cervicals, and appears to be cradling an invisible wine glass. Don’t stare too long, or you might not be able to look away.

Congratulations, sir! Let the blogosphere ring with the happy news, and undescribed sauropods cry out for recognition.

Update (from Mike)

Thanks to Matt, and all commenters, for your kind words.  I wondered when the “Latin love god” photo was going to appear, and that day has finally come.  What Matt doesn’t know is that this photo was used for the cover of my forthcoming album:

Available wherever good music is sold

Available wherever good music is sold

25 Responses to “OMG: MPT, PHD!”

  1. clheiny Says:

    Congratulations! We’ll hoist our pints in your general direction this evening.

  2. Mike Keesey Says:

    Congrats, Mike! I mean, Dr. Mike!

  3. Adam Pritchard Says:

    Hooray! Congrats to you, Dr. Taylor.

  4. Nathan Myers Says:

    Well, let me be the first to congratulate you, Dr. Oh, too late? Well, let me be the first smart-aleck to congratulate you. Too late again? Well, let me be the first to congratulate you for leaving graduate-student-hood behind while you still have most of your hair. (No offense intended to those who do not.)

  5. Mark Evans Says:

    Congratulations Mike!
    Ooh, Dr. Taylor, that is a highly disturbing photo.

  6. William Miller Says:


  7. Graham King Says:

    Congratulations to Mike! It couldn’t happen to a nicer chap. One who offers an inclusive welcome to the palaeo-interested, with not a hint of superiority nor exclusivity.

    I speak as one who has had slight, but for me significant, acquaintance with said Dr.(at dino conference in Piccadilly, May 2008). I am delighted and encouraged at his attainment.

  8. Zach Miller Says:

    Holy cow! There’s hope for all of us! :-D

    Congrats, brother. I second Mark–those cervicals are freaky thangs…

  9. Congratulations, and welcome to the fraternity of dinosaur Ph.D.s!!

    Also, you have a promising career as a scale bar… :-)

  10. Andreas Johansson Says:


    I’ll take the opportunity to suggest we introduce the “taylor” as the unit of sauropodal awesomeness. One taylor corresponds to 2/3 Sauroposeidon cervicals.

  11. Mike Taylor Says:

    Thanks to all who have commented. It certainly does make quite a difference having finished: as I stride briskly and purposefully down the street, women gaze at me with frank and undisguised longing, and men cower in fear at my superior intellect. No doubt Matt and Darren noticed similar effects.

    Happy days.

  12. Wow, this implies a whole new level of respect I’m going to have to get used to… ;)

    Congrats Mike, well deserved!

  13. Mike from Ottawa Says:

    Oh frabjous day! Calloo! Callay!

    Congrats, Mike.

  14. Hawt.
    Well done, Most Parsimonious Tree!

  15. Amanda Says:

    YAY!!!! Congrats! That is AWESOME!

  16. Dave Godfrey Says:

    Heartfelt congratulations sir.

    (Though I’m still disappointed you didn’t call your thesis Bob..)

  17. Sarah Says:

    congrats, Mike! Next challenge: two points for the first paper titled, “pride and prejudice and sauropods”.

  18. David Marjanović Says:

    Available wherever good music is sold

    Wherever indeed.

    Congratulations. I hope we’ll meet at the SVPOW meeting!

  19. Daniel Madzia Says:

    Hi Mike, congratulations. I hope the chapters will be published soon:o)

  20. Fiona Taylor Says:

    It’s funny, but when I saw this picture of Mike posing in front of the Sauroposeidon cervicals, I found myself strangely attracted to him. Normally, of course, that kind of pose is a complete turn-off, but this one had a certain something…a sort of Darcy-like smouldering. Mmmmm… Dr Taylor.

    (It’s OK. I’m his wife).

  21. Matt Wedel Says:

    It’s OK anyway. He’s a beautiful specimen.

    …we are talking about Sauroposeidon, right?

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