Image by Sarah Andersen
This is why we want equality, and equal representation for women in science... so we can JUST TALK ABOUT OUR RESEARCH like anyone else!
I'll add one more reason to the list: because there's a photoshoot and you can't convince the photographer that science does indeed happen in the absence of labcoats.
Image by Jorge Cham, via PhDComics
They've done it again! The fabulous creators at Corkboard of Curiosities has a very clear and succinct run down of cladistics - how we determine which groups of animals are more closely related to one another. Head over there to find out how!
Image by Nate Carroll and Tammi Heneveld
How have I only just recently heard about the palaeontology themed comic, Corkboard of Curiosities? Given my obsession with both palaeontology and cabinets of curiosity... I'll blame my lack of awareness on working too hard on my PhD.
Now, enjoy their primer on Pterosaurs: how they aren't dinosaurs, and they certainly didn't have bat-like wings, and more! And click this link to go to the Corkboard of Curiosities website and enjoy more of their palaeontological comics.
Images via Corkboard of Curiosities
Ever wished you could be a dinosaur?
Your wish has been granted in the form of: wearable dinosaur costumes!
I've seen these sorts of costumes in live performances of Walking with Dinosaurs, and in various other street-art shenanigans, but it had never occurred to me that you could just buy one for yourself! These magnificent beasts are available via Only Dinosaurs. They don't mention the price of each model, only that it is dependant on the number ordered. Read - probably very expensive.
I don't know what's scarier: the cool, deadly, dinosaur stares, or what appears to be the first recorded incidence of theropods giving live-birth to men in raincoats...
Image via Only Dinosaurs.
But what if you don't want to get a giant dinosaur shipped to your doorstep... wait, what am I saying? Who wouldn't want to open and unwrap one of these beasts? They looks so peaceful, and yet so terrifying, covered in plastic and waiting... just waiting...
Surely the the scariest airport baggage check, ever. Image via Only Dinosaurs.
Ok, let me re-phrase: what if you can't afford to get one of these dinosaurs shipped to your doorstep? Well, you could just origami-fold one instead:
Lisa Glover designed this 15-ft long wearable origami Velociraptor as part of a homework assignment on manufacturing processes. She decided to create and sell 3-ft miniature versions, called KitRex, via a Kickstarter campaign (with only 7 days left!). Although you can't get your hands on a full-size model yet, apparently she will be manufacturing them sometime in the future.
You can back the campaign and receive your miniature not-so-terrifying-more-cutesy model for around ~$20 USD plus shipping. Or if you can't wait, you can download the 3ft KitRex pattern for free!
Just had to share this wonderful 'times table' of animals by David Malki of Wondermark, which also reminds me of the mash-up of prehistoric animals in the Flip-O-Storic kids book by Sara Ball.
My favourites are the 'Armadillo' (cat + tortoise) and the Batlephant (bat + elephant). But I can't help thinking of their latin names too, so the 'Narwhape' would be a 'Monohomi' (genera Monodon + Hominoidea), and the 'Camwhal' would be a 'Camodo' (genera Camelus + Odobenus). NERD ALERT!
The Zoological Times Table, from Wondermark
... and I'd like to add another: walking to the toilet, making for a very quick visit and panicky jog back to my desk to write the idea down!
Image courtesy of The New South Wales Writer's Centre Facebook page
About the author
Dr Caitlin Syme is a palaeontologist who recently finished her PhD at The University of Queensland, studying the taphonomy (preservation state) of fossil non-avian dinosaurs, crocodiles and fish from the Winton Formation, Queensland, Australia. Think forensic science or CSI for fossils, and you're on the right track!
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