Tag: paleontology tattoos

Trilobites and the Fossil Record

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 8:44 am

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“I am a currently a neuroimaging research assistant and I used to work in inorganic chemistry. I got this tattoo after I took a philosophy class on the origins of life, which turned out to be an intelligent design class in disguise. The geological record was always being disputed in class. This is my political statement against intelligent design being taught in schools. This tattoo shows my support of the geological record and evolution, as well as my love for trilobites and other ancient marine creatures. It is based on the species paradoxides davidis. I am going to get a similar tattoo on the other arm of a fossilized leaf, so that I have both the flora and the fauna.” — Judith Segall

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Pikaia (An Early Fish)

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 8:30 am

pikaia“here is a photograph of the one my boyfriend offered me three years ago. Although I don’t work directly on the Burgess Shales fossils, they are some of the coolest fossils around, and a summary of what is so fascinating in paleontology and evolutionary biology…” –Mag

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Stegosaurus

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 12:37 am

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“Here’s my science tattoo.”–Vincent Iadevaia

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Cambrian Crab

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 12:17 am

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Neil writes, ” I got the tattoo shortly after SJ Gould’s death. I had settled on the design before he died so it’s not quite an homage but I did lift the picture from Wonderful Life. The original figure is by Marianne Collins I believe. The Cambrian “c” was added later, my long-range plan was/is for a whole paleozoic sleeve but I ran out of funding soon. I’d also like to get more ‘stem’ taxa one of these days.”

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Trilobite

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 12:10 am

trilobite2Neil writes, “Attached is a picture of the trilobite that I have tattoo on my shoulder. It looked slightly less damaged before I came of my bike recently but that is another story. For the record I have a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and am currently a lecturer in Electronics.”

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Carnivore Skull

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

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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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