Archive for June, 2011

Anarchy Evolution

16 June 2011

Were there anything that might lure the estivating dwarf that is this blog from its moody slumber, you’d hope that it would be that cosmic alignment of punk rock and paleontology that broke back when Rep. Weiner was still talking hacks and incertitudes, back when Amina Abdullah and Paula Brooks were still legitimate lesbians*, as far as we knew.


Anyway, eff the torpedoes.

I speak of course of Qilania graffini that tasty Cretaceous drumstick (‘n stuff) named fo Greg Graffin, author of a seminal survey of religious attitudes among evolutionary scientists, Evolution, Monism and the Naturalist Worldview, and, I gather, member of some rock and roll band.

I mean, leave it to Jingmai O’Connor, rockstar paleontologist if ever there was one (seriously, check out her website), right?

So what if Greg’s choice of favorite dinosaur is a little less than inspired? And apparently Edaphosaurus is a hadrosaur now, whatever.  Or maybe it’s a mistranscription. Who cares?  None of this matters, people – dude’s got his own freaking dinosaur now so haters can step the eff off.

Not that this kind of thing is without precedent of course:

At last gleams of light have come & I am almost convinced (quite contrary to opinion that I started with) that I am just not (it is like confessing a murder) that into BR.  They seem so phosphatized. In the grand punctuated equilibrium of punk they are the Lingula, the Limulus. They are, dare I say it, the Polypterus of punk rock.

Forgetting perhaps the great hopeful monster that was Into the Unknown.

But then consider this magical moment from the waning days of the Cambrian explosion, remembering that when this was shot,  some of the paleontologists behind Q. graffini weren’t yet even born.

And if, after all of that, you are wondering what the hell I’m on about:

SHU-AN JI, JESSIE ATTERHOLT, JINGMAI K. O’CONNOR, MATTHEW C. LAMANNA, JERALD D. HARRIS, DA-QING LI, HAI-LU YOU and PETER DODSON. (2011) A new, three-dimensionally preserved enantiornithine bird (Aves: Ornithothoraces) from Gansu Province, northwestern China. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 162, 201–219.

*This blog is not, in fact, an estivating dwarf. Creative liberties have be taken in the name of the greater truth.