As you’ll know if you’ve already seen the announcement over at SV-POW!, my friend and co-author Mike P. Taylor successfully defended his Ph. D. yesterday: congratulations again, Mike. Mike’s thesis was titled Aspects of the History, Anatomy, Taxonomy and Palaeobiology of Sauropod Dinosaurs: its contents (listed here) will soon see publication; indeed, some chapters are already published (Taylor & Naish 2007) or in press.
Here, Mike shakes hands with Eric Buffetaut (his external examiner) while a very jovial Andy Gale (his internal examiner; he looks suspiciously like Eddie Izzard in this shot) stands by. Unfortunately, notable absences meant that the post-viva celebrations were not as raucous as is usual, but we still had a fun time talking about Camelotia, Giraffatitan, the Archibishop, elongate trachea, taxonomic vandalism and choristoderes. Well done again, Mike, and welcome to the club!
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Taylor, M. P. & Naish, D. 2007. An unusual new neosauropod dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Hastings Beds Group of East Sussex, England. Palaeontology 50, 1547-1564.