one thing that comes to mind while reading the input is that the
examples fall under two broad categories: instances where the
illustrator did not represent the 'current' state of scientific
knowledge and those where they did. in the latter case, I do not see
this as a mistake. in reality it is merely representing the process of
science - which does not define a *truth* but only a current
understanding. creationists and other science revisionists often cite
these inconsistencies as proof that evolution is a flawed theory. if you
choose to include examples that represent that process, I'd suggest
structuring the talk so it is clearly shown to be a whole different
enchilada. although there are plenty of entertaining stories of museums
that mounted the wrong dino skull on a restoration in the their halls, I
feel that painting these examples with a broad stroke that puts them in
the same category as an illustrator who put too many toes on a known
species of salamander (gulp) does a disservice to the whole scientific
process. in the case of the slighted salamander, the illustrator made an
error that was then disseminated into literature. now THAT's a reason to
pile on. (just not too hard, guys)
> On 2/15/11 7:59 AM, Diana Marques wrote:
>> Thank you All for the great contributions!
>> I have been researching the suggestions and ideas and indeed found
>> plenty of "pinned butterflies" in flight and monarchs with six legs
>> instead of four (especially in stock art websites...). I have yet to
>> find spiders with missing patellas but I can imagine they're also
>> abundant out there.
>> As far as Peterson's three-toed woodpecker I was unable to find the
>> image but some people write about that inaccuracy in his otherwise
>> great work. And Barry, you are so right about the flashlight in the
>> eyes, overweight captive animals pretending to be in the wild and
>> birds with missing feathers.
>> Jenny, thank you for mentioning Stephen Jay Gould's book, I was able
>> to get it and will extract the information and add to other Charles
>> Knight's images.
>> Fantastic examples at the Left Handed DNA Hall of Fame, certainly an
>> As far as other things I have or other people provided me with,
>> there's my favorite, an image of a shark described as "men devourer"
>> with accordingly fire red eyes and bull's nose. And plenty of rubber
>> animals as in legs with no articulations, dolphins that can bend like
>> cats, among others.
>> Regarding a possible journal article, I would be glad to do it with
>> the caveat of being a more descriptive text since for most images
>> would be difficult to track the illustrator for asking permission for
>> reproduction (and even if I did track them, would I want to tell them
>> what the purpose was...?)
>> Thank you again, if you can think of any other examples let me know,
>> I can start a little collection we can all look at at GNSI conferences,
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