A lesson we don’t want to learn

August 6, 2011

Matt just wrote this, in an email exchange.  It struck a chord in me, and I thought it deserved a wider audience:

I hate to admit it, but those two papers (i.e., Taylor et al. 2009 and 2011) that had particularly protracted gestations and lots of review time are among the ones I am most proud of. There might be a lesson there — but if so, I’d rather not learn it.


Cervical vertebra V (from an unknown position in the anterior part of the neck) of the STILL undescribed Tendaguru brachiosaurid NHM R5937, "The Archbishop", in right lateral view. The posterior portion is missing in action.

6 Responses to “A lesson we don’t want to learn”

  1. Hey there, I’ve been reading your blog for about six months now and have learned
    a ton, esp from the tutorials. I was wondering if any of you are going to make it to the SVP meeting in Las Vegas in November. If work allows, I will be there & would enjoy a chat with y’all.

  2. Mike Taylor Says:

    Hi, AbrashTX, thanks for your kind words. I won’t be in Las Vegas, I’m afraid — I’m very limited as to how much time I can take off from my day-job for palaeo, and as well as the time that Brontomerus ate earlier in the year I am booked into two other conferences — SVPCA and the DFG 533 2nd International Workshop. So no SVP for me. (Also, experience shows that I can never, ever get a talk at SVP, so I have pretty much given up on that anyway.)

  3. Matt Wedel Says:

    Yeah, no SVP for me this year either. I’m going to the same two conferences that Mike mentioned, and I’ve got an unshakable day-job conflict the week of SVP. But I’m pretty excited about getting two trips to Europe in this semester–and, of course, the chance for beers with Mike, Darren, Dave, Heinrich, and others.

  4. Heinrich Says:

    yeah, you slackers avoid SVP, but I’ll get hold of you in Bonn, just wait and see


  5. Well guys, sorry none of you will be able to make it to SVP this year–I’m pretty sure I can go, and if so I’ll take lots of notes/pics.

    BTW, I was in hysterics over the the pig skull project in “Things to Make and Do.” One of my Internet friends is Italian-American, and he SO could have helped you make a porchetta di testa out of that thing.

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