In lieu of any new science today, have some memes, and a wonderful day!

A timeless classic.

In case you’re wondering, that’s “rolling on the beach laughing my telson off”. Horseshoe crabs have been around for 445 million years, about twice as long as mammals, turtles, and dinosaurs.

Made this last Friday afternoon, in lieu of other stuff I should have been doing. I’m gloating now because the campus is closed and I’m untouchable! Mwa-ha-ha-HAAA!!

Natural selection is a pathway to many abilities that some consider to be…fully rad.

Coproliteposting time!

October 28, 2018

I wasted some time today making memes. I blame the Paleontology Coproliteposting group on Facebook.

Of course I started out by making fun of the most mockable sauropod. This one’s for you Cam-loving perverts out there. You know who you are.

This one was inspired by the thiccthyosaur meme, which irritatingly enough I cannot find right now. Oh no, wait, here it is.

I’m laughing through the tears.

For previous adventures in meme-ing, see this post.

On Thursday an animatronic T. rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience in Colorado caught fire and burned down to a stark metal endoskeleton. The story is all over the place – here’s the version from the Washington Post, with a couple of videos. Naturally people started making memes out of this arresting image. Andy Farke put me on to the “Hot T. rex” meme generator, and that led to some late-night meme-ing and now to this post. These are old news if you follow me on Facebook, btw.

Speaking of Any Farke, here’s something he wrote about this issue a few years ago (trying to offer some actual added value with this post).

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Heh. This one’s for Mike, who has long argued for a moratorium on “place-saurus” names.

Just gonna leave this one here without further comment…

Maybe I shouldn’t complain, since it keeps me in blog fodder.

Just sayin’.

I ended with this one because it is basically my scientific autobiography – I’m hard-pressed to think of a time this hasn’t happened. I mean, I do usually get my target, but there’s a lot of collateral data collection in the attention fallout zone.