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Chixilub and the ladies
Well I'm back from 10 days away (Buffalo and Rhinebeck, NY; Milford, CT)
and have a few comments.
I would like to point out that Chixilub is in American already - and one
that predates the American I speak here in America by a good amount.
No flame, it was just funny. I've been trying real hard not to be
too European-American centric. Anyone know a good reference to native
americans and dinosaurs? I've heard second-hand that they knew what they
were, more or less, but would love to get more info. I know they like
trilobites and would wear Elrathia kingii necklaces at times (at least
those who got to Utah). I have a reference on that.
There is a short note in Discover on some great hadrosaur skin fossils
found by someone at BYU in Utah (I apologize but am spacing on the guy's
name - sorry). There is an odd-angle picture but still looks like great
stuff. States that skin is incredibly rare, which I consider to be untrue -
it tends to be more common than commonly is given credit for. We have some
on the butt end (tail) of a duck-bill here, although this stuff looked
even nicer and extensive. Can't wait till SVP on this one.
Now to the ladies....
In addition to Kay Behrensmeyer - our Acting Assoc. Director for Science
and Linda Deck and the others mentioned we have lots of female paleo types
running around the world.
Karen Chinn - Ms. poopadelic
Jean Berdan - retired USGS ostracode type
Lucy Edwards - USGS micro type
An unknown paleohominid type name Leakey (;-))
Anita Harris - conodont type and one of J. MacPhee's subjects
Dale Schwartz - gradient paleoecologist
Sandy Carlson - brachiopod person extrordinaire
Mary Droser - ichnofossil and Paleozoic type (and ex historical
lab student of mine)
Sue Kidwell - The queen of marine Taphonomy (Kay is the other Royalty
of that discipline)
Robyn Burnham - paleobotanist
Catheryn Badgley - another great taphonomist.
Lynn Wingard - USGS mollusk person
Helen Loeblich - micro type extraordinaire
Rosalie Maddocks - ostracode type in Houston
Cathy Forster - a fellow morphometrician of dinos
Connie Barut Rankin - great preparator
Jenny Clack - Ms. Early tetrapod
Elizabeth Brouwers - USGS ostracode type.
And a zillion others. And let's not forget Lilian Brown - Barnum's
wife and supporter and great field person in her own right. I just recently
got copies of her books Bring 'em Back Petrified and I Married a Dinosaur.
Anyway there were lots of great ones and continue to be...
Finally, Linda and I stopped in on James Gurney during our travels
and saw Dinotopia II (one of two copies on the continent as others
come for the September release). IT's great and beautiful and has
more inverts (I'm proud to say) and action than the first. There is
even (drumroll, please) a Chapman's Island (yeah!) and a picture of
Mike Brett-Surman in one of the paintings. I'll leave it for people to
find it before leading them in that direction.
Anyway, good to be back, Ralph Chapman, NMNH