Biology discussion boots

I had to get dressed up a bit because of the Alda/Wilson thing, and so donned a nice cashmere sweater, khaki jeans, and these boots, an inexpensive pair by Dan Post, bought on eBay. Can you recognize the hide?

12 Comments

  1. Joseph OSullivan
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    The top of the foot has the pattern of the belly of a snake. Right next to it the pattern looks like how the small scales of the sides of a snake change from the large ones. I’m guessing it’s rattlesnake skin. From my time in the cowboy boot capitol of the world Texas I know rattlesnake boots were popular.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Looks like some kind of reptile but I know nothing about this.

  3. Blue
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Blue
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 7:18 am |
    ? rattlesnake ?

    Blue

    Blue
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 7:23 am |

    … … darling by the way, even if inexpensive, Dr Coyne.

    I happen to very much like snakeskin stuffs
    — if, indeed, these boots are — and wear of its designing and patterning a lotta.lotta.

    Blue

  4. Matthew North
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Ostrich.

    • Tom Besson
      Posted November 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      I think so, too.

  5. Frank Bath
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Let it not be an animal.

  6. samitchell79
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Must be ant, in honor of E.O.

  7. bundorgarden
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Vinyl?

  8. Posted November 5, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    It’s ostrich leg, showing an affinity between birds and reptiles.

  9. Posted November 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Triceratops?

  10. Rupinder
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    I would have never guessed Ostrich Leg!

    BTW Jerry, I spotted E.O. Wilson’s tome in the background of the pic. If you don’t mind, can you post a detailed pic of your library, and do a few posts on your favorite books? I (and probably many other readers of your blog) would love to know.

  11. sleazel
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Acrochordus javanicus, the trunk snake


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