Carnivore Skull

By Carl Zimmer | February 16, 2008 11:18 pm

Dr. Anthony Friscia writes:

“The attached pic shows my tattoo of Miacis gracilis, and Eocene carnivoran from NE Utah I used in both my master thesis and doctoral dissertation. I started studying the carnivorans (members of the mammalian order Carnivora) there after going to the field with my undergrad advisor right out of college. I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, and he said, “Come play in the dirt for a month and see if you like paleontology” and I did – like paleontology that is. He was an anthropologist so was interested in the early primates out there, but I liked the carnivores – cuz they ATE the primates….My masters was on the alpha taxonomy of the new species we found while collecting, and my dissertation was about broader community change in carnivores throughout the Eocene. Both used specimens of this particular taxa, and even this particular picture.”

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Comments (2)

  1. This is actually a really beneficial article. You really are quite educated on the subject and I love reading your perspective. I have tried often to post blog posts that were brief but it’s incredibly tricky. Thank you again.

  2. Aaoron

    Regardless of what it represents, it’s a bad tattoo. The design, the art and the craftsmanship are all terrible. It’s a freaking skull, you could have made it bad ass! Fail.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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