A 1986 tribute to every paleontologist’s favorite cartoonist

On July 10. 2020
there was a strange bump in the number of people accessing this blogsite. Turns out 266 people accessed this page on the day cartoonist Gary Larson came back into the news. Here’s a NYTimes article from December 2019 previewing his return. 

Here are 14 minutes of a 1986 interview with Gary Larson
whose Far Side cartoons decorated the doors of every professional paleontologist back in the day. Click on the image to view in YouTube.

The Far Side series ended
on January 1, 1995 with Larson’s retirement.

Figure 1. Gary Larson, recent photo.

Figure 1. Gary Larson, recent photo.

Larson has asked people
not to use Far Side cartoons on the internet, writing a widely distributed letter in which he explains the “emotional cost” to him of people displaying his cartoons on their websites and asks them to stop doing so. If you want to see his work, it’s on his website below.

References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Larson
http://www.thefarside.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far_Side

 

The evolution of Bugs Bunny

I saw this online and thought I’d save it for a rainy day.
I thought it worth sharing.

Wikipedia compiled this (Fig. 1), convergent, of course with the real rabbit series: MonodelphisPtillocercus > Tupaia > Zalambdalestes > GomphosOryctolagus

Figure 1. The evolution of our favorite 'wascally rabbit' Bugs Bunny.

Figure 1. The evolution of our favorite ‘wascally rabbit’ Bugs Bunny.

Earlier we looked at some spectacular Daffy Duck skeletons. (BTW, I note the included links have largely evaporated). The artist is Hyungkoo Lee.

But we still can link
to other artists who have done similar studies, like Michael Paulus.

Figure 2. I concocted this Ptero Road Runner for a 1990s SVP symposium.

Figure 2. I concocted this Ptero Road Runner for a 1990s SVP symposium on bipedal pterosaurs. Still surprisingly accurate compared to competing depictions!

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Just for Fun: A Paleontologist’s Dream…

Paleontologists-Dream

On several levels this is a great moment and great image. Still it inspires a smile as it brings to mind a similar layout in a Gary Larson cartoon from years ago (see below).  :  )

Probably THE classic Gary Larson cartoon draws parallels with the North Carolina professors above, with all due respect.

Probably THE classic Gary Larson cartoon draws certain parallels with the North Carolina professors and their treasured find (above), with all due respect and a tip of the hat to one and all.   :  )

Yes, paleontologists do dream in color.