Today’s Google doodle celebrates paleobiology

Take a look at today’s Google doodle and guess what it’s celebrating?

Screen shot 2013-02-06 at 7.13.00 AM

If you don’t know, the answer is here

More about the subject can be found here (I know Matthew disdains my use of Wikipedia entries but that is often the most comprehensive source of information!)

As the alert reader said who sent me this:

 Isn’t it nice that the internet is controlled by science-lovers? Imagine if search-engines had been developed by TV stations!


  1. Dominic
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Note that there are two unmentionables in the picture! Trying to bone up on the subject!

  2. Ken Pidcock
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    With my browser, it’s on the graphic you put here.

  3. Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    … guess what it’s celebrating?

    Having the “mouse over” caption in the screen-capture rather gives the game away!

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:14 am | Permalink

      Oy vey! I didn’t notice that. Chalk it up to me just being awake and having no coffee. I’ve fixed it now.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted February 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

        Chalk it up to me just being awake and having no coffee.

        See previous comment re: Dutch “coffee” shops … which do actually serve industrial-grade coffee, along with their more relaxing products.

  4. Howard Kornstein
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    It’s very hard not to become quite fond of Google. The company has such wit and style plus all those very useful applications. And that informal motto “Don’t be evil”. What a lovely contrast to the likes of Microsoft.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted February 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, but “Don’t be evil” has to be one of the dumbest corporate slogans of all time. Nobody (apart from comic-book supervillians) makes it their life’s goal to be evil. Even Hitler thought of himself as a heroic savior doing what had to be done to restore Germany to greatness. When people do evil, it’s generally because they believe they’re doing good.

      The reality is that Google is just as likely as any other large corporation to aggressively pursue their own interests, run roughshod over the competition, engage in patent wars, etc. because they have a legal obligation to their shareholders to do so. Here is a long list of complaints about Google’s ethical violations and other questionable practices.

      Remember, the Catholic Church has a “don’t be evil” policy too. Look how well that turned out.

    • Diane G.
      Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I used to love it, now I hate it. Google = Big Brother.

      If only they’d stuck by “don’t be evil.”

  5. W.Benson
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Raymond Dart (4 Feb 1893 – 22 Nov 1988)

  6. Posted February 6, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    This search has been brought to you by Budweiser.

  7. Timmy
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    In defense of wikipedia, supposedly it is just as accurate as Britannica.

    • Marella
      Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      And I believe it is more accurate than most text books too. Certainly more up to date. The most likely thing to go wrong with Wikipedia is that it sometimes doesn’t have a proper article on what you want, just a stub.

  8. KP
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Mary Leakey’s 100th birthday and I didn’t cheat.

  9. Hayden
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Clearly it’s celebrating the human foot prints in the Paluxy riverbed and the downfall of devil-ution “theory”.


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