Why I Love Scientists: Kraken Kraziness Edition

This exchange happened recently on Twitter, retweeted by Brian Switek, and exemplifies why geologists and paleontologists generally get along. I present it to you in its full glory: scientists making fun of the kraken story. Enjoy!

 

Encouraged by recent media attention given to the #Kraken "study," I am now working on "Pegasus landing traces" study for next year's GSA.
@Ichnologist
Anthony (Tony)Martin
Moreover, the "Pegasus landing traces" precede Hyracotherium in the fossil record, which proves that horses are secondarily flightless.
@Ichnologist
Anthony (Tony)Martin
@ It's amazing what tracks can tell us! Our footprint collection has what looks like baby Pegasus tracks. Social behavior?
@andyfarke
Andrew A. Farke
@ @ @ When you all find the flying trilobite nests, I will laugh maniacally.
@flyingtrilobite
Glendon Mellow
@ @ Agreed, and we need at least 3-4 talks about how all of those "theropod feathers" in China are actually equine.
@Ichnologist
Anthony (Tony)Martin
@ @ It's all so obvious, isn't it? Nature News, here we come!
@Ichnologist
Anthony (Tony)Martin
@ @ Nature News. . .heck, we're going for Nature! With feathers, it can't fail.
@andyfarke
Andrew A. Farke

 

You Call Those Evil Volcano Lairs?

They’re quasi-evil. They’re semi-evil. They’re the Diet Coke of evil…

Erik Klemetti may sneer at the Geological Society of London’s Top 5, but Mt. Erebus? Sure, he’ll have well-dressed minions, but he’ll also be too ice-bound for true evil. Jessica Ball’s on to something with Pagan Island, but her evil lair will be overrun with tourists within six months. Garry Hayes has a beautiful evil setting in Mount Shasta, but everyone knows you can’t rely on Lemurians to carry out one’s plans for world domination. Silver Fox isn’t disclosing the location of her evil lair, which is wise, but it’s not even a volcano. You can’t have an evil volcano lair if there’s no volcano.

No, the truly evil geologist knows there’s only one volcano that qualifies as an Evil Volcano Lair.

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