Tetrapod Zoology

Chicken chicken chicken

Shame, shame, shame, oh shame on me. I saw the following on John Conway’s Philosophica Neopalaeontographica and have become so obsessed with it that, here I am, stealing it. It’s not, even, really about tetrapods…

… and the accompanying paper (available as a free pdf) is available here. As John says, the word chicken will never seem the same again. Hang around a bit longer, phorusrhacids next… again…


  1. #1 Man of the sloth
    June 17, 2008

    The paper, is it peer reviewed?

  2. #2 Zach Miller
    June 17, 2008

    Chicken chicken chicken Chicken chicken chickens? Chicken chicken “chicken” chicken. Chicken! Chicken chicken chicken. C. chicken chicken chicken. Chicken chicken chicken chicken Chickens Chicken. …Chicken?

  3. #3 onleyone
    June 17, 2008

    nice flow charts!

  4. #4 Allen Hazen
    June 17, 2008

    Well, as we used to say back in the early days of Chomskyan generative grammar (bliss was it to be alive in that dawn, and to be young was very heaven!),
    “Oysters oysters oysters eat eat eat.”

  5. #5 John S. Wilkins
    June 17, 2008

    Since when have chickens not been tetrapods?

  6. #6 Nathan Myers
    June 17, 2008

    John: You’re new here, aren’t you? Chickens have been tetrapods only since zoologists lost their counting skills.

  7. #7 themadlolscientist
    June 18, 2008

    ZOMGZ =gasp= ROFL =coff= MAO =snort= I can’t =wheeze= stand it! Gimme some =choke= oxygen!

    =turns blue, passes out=

    She’s not breathing! I can’t find a pulse! Somebody call 911!


    …….must…. not….. go…… towards….. the…….. chicken….

    =more CPR=

    I’m still not getting a pulse! Gimme the paddles! CLEAR!


    noooo……. must…. not….. go…… towards….. the…….. fried….. chicken….

    Again! Crank it up to 300! CLEAR!


    Oh hi, can I have a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and some cole slaw with that? Oh, and make that chicken extra crispy.

    I’ve seen the paper, but never heard the presentation. How did he do that with a straight face? I loved the comment from the guy in the audience, ca.2:30 – “What about the eggs?”

  8. #8 Dave Godfrey
    June 18, 2008

    Badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger mushroom mushroom.

  9. #9 dlactin
    June 18, 2008

    beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver
    (very rude where I come from).

  10. #10 Darren Naish
    June 18, 2008

    snake a snake, oh it’s a snake

  11. #11 sublunary
    June 18, 2008

    Can’t watch the video because I’m at work. Is this anything like “Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo.”?

    Either way, the word “chicken” has lost all meaning for me.

  12. #12 John Conway
    June 18, 2008

    Jenny absolutely insists that it’s “snake, snake, african snake”. She is so wrong.

  13. #13 Darren Naish
    June 18, 2008

    Tell Jenny she’s wrong, but we still love her. The proof.

  14. #14 Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
    June 18, 2008

    Oh, great: my SVP talk is now scooped!! Better withdraw it…

  15. #15 Neil
    June 18, 2008

    Funding well spent!

    BTW badgers is really found here in all its true flashy glory:

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