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24th Jul '17 12:30:37 AM Piterpicher
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* ''Film/TheBeast'', the TV-movie adaptation of PeterBenchley's giant-squid-on-the-rampage novel ''Literature/{{Beast}}'' has the resident scientist instantly identify the squid as ''Archetuthis dux'' from a single sucker-claw and a whiff of ammonia. Especially bad because ''Architeuthis'' the giant squid ''doesn't have claws''. (The colossal squid ''Mesonychoteuthis'' does, though.) And most deep sea squid have a lot of ammonia in their systems.


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* ''Film/TheBeast'', the TV-movie adaptation of PeterBenchley's Creator/PeterBenchley's giant-squid-on-the-rampage novel ''Literature/{{Beast}}'' has the resident scientist instantly identify the squid as ''Archetuthis dux'' from a single sucker-claw and a whiff of ammonia. Especially bad because ''Architeuthis'' the giant squid ''doesn't have claws''. (The colossal squid ''Mesonychoteuthis'' does, though.) And most deep sea squid have a lot of ammonia in their systems.

25th Jun '17 1:38:26 PM Morgenthaler
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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

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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

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23rd May '17 1:08:00 AM PaulA
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* Slightly done in Litearture/SherlockHolmes when he correctly identifies the lion's mane jellyfish as the killer of the victim when he sees it at the bottom of a small pool. Very much justified, however, in that this is one species which is very distinctive (it's really, really big) and that the victim's last words were "the lion's mane."

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* Slightly done in Litearture/SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes when he correctly identifies the lion's mane jellyfish as the killer of the victim when he sees it at the bottom of a small pool. Very much justified, however, in that this is one species which is very distinctive (it's really, really big) and that the victim's last words were "the lion's mane."
23rd May '17 1:07:34 AM PaulA
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* Averted in one of Creator/BarbaraHambly's ''Literature/{{Darwath}}'' novels. Rudy can instantly identify a small animal from its bones, but he was highly trained in botany/zoology/magic and the question is: 'rabbit or chicken'.

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* Averted in one of Creator/BarbaraHambly's ''Literature/{{Darwath}}'' novels.''Literature/TheArmiesOfDaylight''. Rudy can instantly identify a small animal from its bones, but he was highly trained in botany/zoology/magic and the question is: 'rabbit or chicken'.
22nd May '17 7:53:45 PM PaulA
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* Averted in one of Creator/BarbaraHambly's sequels to the ''Rising of the Dark''. One character can instantly identify a small animal from its bones, but he was highly trained in botany/zoology/magic and the question is: 'rabbit or chicken'.

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* Averted in one of Creator/BarbaraHambly's sequels to the ''Rising of the Dark''. One character ''Literature/{{Darwath}}'' novels. Rudy can instantly identify a small animal from its bones, but he was highly trained in botany/zoology/magic and the question is: 'rabbit or chicken'.
22nd May '17 7:49:08 PM PaulA
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* Slightly done in SherlockHolmes when he correctly identifies the lion's mane jellyfish as the killer of the victim when he sees it at the bottom of a small pool. Very much justified, however, in that this is one species which is very distinctive (it's really, really big) and that the victim's last words were "the lion's mane."
* Averted in one of BarbaraHambly's sequels to the ''Rising of the Dark''. One character can instantly identify a small animal from its bones, but he was highly trained in botany/zoology/magic and the question is: 'rabbit or chicken'.

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* Slightly done in SherlockHolmes Litearture/SherlockHolmes when he correctly identifies the lion's mane jellyfish as the killer of the victim when he sees it at the bottom of a small pool. Very much justified, however, in that this is one species which is very distinctive (it's really, really big) and that the victim's last words were "the lion's mane."
* Averted in one of BarbaraHambly's Creator/BarbaraHambly's sequels to the ''Rising of the Dark''. One character can instantly identify a small animal from its bones, but he was highly trained in botany/zoology/magic and the question is: 'rabbit or chicken'.
31st Mar '17 6:33:15 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.

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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 [[AllYourPowersCombined by their powers combined]] they are one extremely talented marine biologist.
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.
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