Richard Owen: Comparative Anatomist, Palaeontologist, Necromancer

28 Dec

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Richard Owen I will fill you in quicky and give you a link to his wikipedia page.

Died in 1892, he was probably most famous for coining the term “Dinosauria”¹
He also argued with Darwin for being to simple with his evolutionary mechanisms, and was also a driving force behind the British Natural History Museum.
He was also rather creepy looking.

Anyway, I was looking at some stuff about him last night and I stumbled upon one of the many pictures of him looking creepy. And that weird little light went on in my head. Below is the forementioned picture.Richard Owen

Now dear readers, you will have to honestly answer something for me.
Does the above pictured Richard Owen look like a necromancer about to bring the Moa skeleton on the right and set it upon an unsuspecting public?
I thought so. And seeing as this is what this blog is for, I would like to share this mental image with you.
Without further ado, Richard Owen: Comparative Anatomist, Palaeontologist, Necromancer
Richard Owen: Necromancer


¹FUN FACT: “Dinosauria” means “Terrible Lizard”. Many see this as a reference to the fact that at the time dinosaurs were viewed as enourmous, ferocious reptiles, but this is not true. The “terrible” is actually a reference the fact that their flesh was most distasteful.
This is why most predatory dinosaurs do not have tongues, as being able to taste the flesh of their titanic bretheren would severely cripple their will to carry on their carnivorous way of life.


2 Responses to “Richard Owen: Comparative Anatomist, Palaeontologist, Necromancer”

  1. shannon December 29, 2009 at 12:44 am #

    infotainment at it’s finest!

  2. darkxvanillaxangel December 30, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    And now I understand that joke… XD

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