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12th Nov '16 8:04:02 AM RSHFenwick
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** In all fairness, the character ''does'' have a doctorate in paleobotany, and many high-ranking and distinctive taxonomic groups of plants do have few or no living representatives (for instance, the entire phylum of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridospermatophyta seed ferns]] has been extinct since the Eocene at the latest, and the order [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgoales]] is represented by only one living species, ''Ginkgo biloba'').

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** In all fairness, the character ''does'' have a doctorate in paleobotany, and many high-ranking and distinctive taxonomic groups of plants do have few or no living representatives (for instance, the entire phylum of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridospermatophyta seed ferns]] has been extinct since the Eocene at the latest, and the order [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgoales]] org/wiki/Ginkgoales Ginkgoales]] is represented by only one a single living species, ''Ginkgo biloba'').biloba'').
12th Nov '16 8:02:43 AM RSHFenwick
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* ''Film/JurassicPark'': Elly, a paleobotanist, knows from a cursory glance that a certain plant is an extinct species.

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* ''Film/JurassicPark'': Elly, Ellie, a paleobotanist, knows from a cursory glance that a certain plant is an extinct species.species.
** In all fairness, the character ''does'' have a doctorate in paleobotany, and many high-ranking and distinctive taxonomic groups of plants do have few or no living representatives (for instance, the entire phylum of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridospermatophyta seed ferns]] has been extinct since the Eocene at the latest, and the order [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgoales]] is represented by only one living species, ''Ginkgo biloba'').



** But the cake is taken by Conseil, a ''manservant'' to prof. Arronax in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''. The man was a living classification handbook.

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** But the cake is taken by Conseil, a ''manservant'' to prof.Prof. Arronax in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''. The man was a living classification handbook.
13th Sep '16 9:27:45 PM trulymadmoves
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* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' where Sheldon thinks he can identify the specific species of a cricket by its chirping. He was in fact wrong, as pointed out by Howard (who spent his youth collecting insects), though Sheldon refused to believe it. In the end they turned to an associate with a [=PhD=] in entomology to settle the dispute (who identifies the cricket's species with a cursory glance, playing the trope straight).

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* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' where Sheldon thinks he can identify the specific species of a cricket by its chirping. He was in fact wrong, as pointed out by Howard (who spent his youth collecting insects), though Sheldon refused to believe it. In the end they turned to an associate with a [=PhD=] in entomology to settle the dispute (who dispute... who identifies the cricket's species with a cursory glance, playing the trope straight).straight. In fact, when asked, Professor Crawley claims he can identify every insect and arachnid in the world. There are 950,000 insect species and 50,000 arachnid species, making this claim rather unlikely.
17th Aug '16 10:17:24 AM trulymadmoves
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* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' where Sheldon thinks he can identify the specific species of a cricket by its chirping. He was in fact wrong, as pointed out by Howard (who spent his youth collecting insects), though Sheldon refused to believe it. In the end they turned to an associate with a [=PhD=] in entomology to settle the dispute.

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* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' where Sheldon thinks he can identify the specific species of a cricket by its chirping. He was in fact wrong, as pointed out by Howard (who spent his youth collecting insects), though Sheldon refused to believe it. In the end they turned to an associate with a [=PhD=] in entomology to settle the dispute.dispute (who identifies the cricket's species with a cursory glance, playing the trope straight).
28th Apr '16 5:49:18 PM azraelfinalstar
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* Jane Porter from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' is able to identify a ([[RaptorAttack typically grossly inaccurate and quite oversized]]) velociraptor at a glance. Worse still is that fact that she isn't a paleontologist of any sort and in fact the series takes place before velociraptors were scientifically described and named, and many decades before they were recognized in popular public consciousness
25th Apr '16 7:11:16 PM Joysweeper
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* Common in ''Literature/{{Dinoverse}}''. Known dinosaur-nerd [[TeenGenius Betram]] probably has a reasonable chance of identifying common animals and plants in his favorite part of the Mesozoic. When it's his teacher's turn, well, Mr. London knew about Betram's adventure and regeared all his classes to be about the age of the dinosaurs, so he and his students aren't jumping into things blind, but it's weird how they quickly and unambigiously identify non-stock dinosaurs like Acrocanthosaurus and Hypsilophodon. And back in the first set of books [[RebelliousSpirit Janine]], who's insightful but not markedly interested in dinosaurs, happens to know about the digestive processes of Ankylosaurus.
19th Mar '16 12:17:31 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''TheBigBangTheory'' where Sheldon thinks he can identify the specific species of a cricket by its chirping. He was in fact wrong, as pointed out by Howard (who spent his youth collecting insects), though Sheldon refused to believe it. In the end they turned to an associate with a [=PhD=] in entomology to settle the dispute.

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* Subverted in ''TheBigBangTheory'' ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' where Sheldon thinks he can identify the specific species of a cricket by its chirping. He was in fact wrong, as pointed out by Howard (who spent his youth collecting insects), though Sheldon refused to believe it. In the end they turned to an associate with a [=PhD=] in entomology to settle the dispute.
25th Jan '16 11:07:46 AM zerohelix
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In the same vein, this is also when somebody sees Latin name and can automatically tell you the rest of its taxonomy from that information. If the character is already familiar with the species or genus, this makes sense, but since the Latin name only gives genus and species, and since even a person who knows Latin generally can't determine anything about an organism without context, it sticks out as serious research failure.

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In the same vein, this is also when somebody sees a Latin name and can automatically tell you the rest of its taxonomy from that information. If the character is already familiar with the species or genus, this makes sense, but since the Latin name only gives genus and species, and since even a person who knows Latin generally can't determine anything about an organism without context, it sticks out as serious research failure.
2nd Jan '16 2:34:00 PM Jake
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** Amusingly, while Conseil had a remarkable memory for the taxonic classification of species, he had very little idea what they actually ''look'' like. By contrast, talented sailor and harpooner but rather BookDumb Ned Land knows nothing much about taxonomy but can recognise many species of fish by sight. As Arronax remarks, [[ByYourPowersCombined by their powers combined]] they are one extremely talented marine biologist.
15th Nov '15 3:45:41 PM FF32
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* In ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2'', everyone has a comment on the monstrous and unearthly creatures you'll inevitably encounter if you tick the "Sci-Fi" option. Most mercenaries express various forms of surprise, but the medical doctors of your team will immediately start pinning down their taxonomy on first sight. (Crustacea, they seem to agree, which [[ReverseFunnyAneurysm amusingly]] makes them [[GiantEnemyCrab Giant Enemy Crabs]].)

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* In ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2'', everyone has a comment on the monstrous and unearthly creatures you'll inevitably encounter if you tick the "Sci-Fi" option. Most mercenaries express various forms of surprise, but the medical doctors of your team will immediately start pinning down their taxonomy on first sight. (Crustacea, they seem to agree, which [[ReverseFunnyAneurysm [[HilariousInHindsight amusingly]] makes them [[GiantEnemyCrab Giant Enemy Crabs]].)
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