Saturday metazoans: Darwin/Chicago 2009

I’ve been terribly busy with the Darwin conference here, and so haven’t been able to post.  But I see that P.Z. is doing yeoman work by summarizing for you all the talks on biology.  I’ll return to the fray tomorrow but wanted to put up a few snaps from the conference.

First, His Crackerness, photographed WHILE LIVE BLOGGING. Note the crocoduck tie:


Dave Jablonski (left) and Doug Schemske (right):

Jablon, Schem03

Richard Lewontin and his ex-student Fred Cohan:RCLFinally, from left to right, Neil Shubin, Dave Jablonski, and Doug Futuyma:


Ancient metazoan: the Chinese fossil Confuciusornis presented by Paul Sereno at his talk (P.Z. describes the presentation):  This is an ancient bird (ca. 120 mya), the first avian fossil to have a short bony tail and a true toothless beak. But note the claws, betraying its reptilian ancestry.



  1. jeremy
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Richard Lewontin and his ex-student Fred Cohan – by the urinal! Who’s the opportunistic photographer? 🙂

    • Posted October 31, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Jerry Coyne?

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted October 31, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      Yup, yours truly. You can imagine what the three of us were up to about one minute before the photo was taken. Nothing like using the facilities next to a Great Man!

      • Sili
        Posted October 31, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        I hope you washed your hands.

      • Guillermo Barron
        Posted November 2, 2009 at 10:01 am | Permalink

        Those damn urinals in the Ida Noys basement. They call Chicago the “City of Broad Shoulders” and then build urinals 4 cm apart.

        Oh well, I may not have stood on the shoulders of giants, but at least I’ve squeezed between them.

  2. Posted October 31, 2009 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Jablonski’s shoes! What a great effect. Walking on lights!

  3. Comstock
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Wow. Now I really miss UofC.

  4. newenglandbob
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Wait…perspective here…

    Is that fossil Confuciusornis larger than Neil Shubin, Dave Jablonski, and Doug Futuyma in the preceding picture????

  5. Midnight Rambler
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Heh…Fred Cohan was my undergrad advisor. Didn’t even know he was Lewontin’s student.

  6. Graham
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Wish I could be there, seems like a great conference. I’m looking forward to seeing the videos on line.

  7. Posted October 31, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I want a crockoduck tie!!!

  8. Posted November 1, 2009 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Scientists in their natural habitat, a conference.

  9. Dionigi
    Posted November 4, 2009 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Obviously ghost images emanating from the shoes

  10. Sue
    Posted November 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Who are those dashing young gents standing by the urinals? Love the quaint locale.

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