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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]].)
23rd Aug '15 6:40:51 PM Katsuhagi
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* In 1839, Richard Owen was sent (among other things) a 6-inch bone fragment from Australia, which he identified as belonging to a previously-unknown-to-science extinct giant bird. This turned out to be the giant Dinornis or Moa.
** Owen actually was an example of the aforementioned "[=PhD=]-qualified taxonomist", who specialized in paleontology and comparative anatomy.
*** Not only that, Owen was world-renowned for being the best comparative anatomist of his generation. He was the ''only person in the world'' who could do this (at the time, anyway. The generation before him had Georges Cuvier, who invented the field of comparative anatomy. Owen was even known as "The British Cuvier").

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* In 1839, Richard Owen was sent (among other things) a 6-inch bone fragment from Australia, which he identified as belonging to a previously-unknown-to-science extinct giant bird. This turned out to be the giant Dinornis or Moa.
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Moa. Owen actually was an example of the aforementioned "[=PhD=]-qualified taxonomist", who specialized in paleontology and comparative anatomy.
*** Not only that, Owen
anatomy, and was world-renowned for being the best comparative anatomist of his generation. He Therefore, he was the ''only person in the world'' who could do this (at the time, anyway. The generation before him had Georges Cuvier, who invented the field of comparative anatomy. Owen was even known as "The British Cuvier").
3rd Jul '15 6:55:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''InLikeFlint''. From microscopic traces Derek Flint is able to identify the residue of exotic flowers and herbs (styrax, ylang, mimosa, hyacinth, cannabis and Macedonian brawley).

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* ''InLikeFlint''.''Film/InLikeFlint''. From microscopic traces Derek Flint is able to identify the residue of exotic flowers and herbs (styrax, ylang, mimosa, hyacinth, cannabis and Macedonian brawley).



* Averted in ''SilenceOfTheLambs'', in which identifying the species of an insect pupa found on the bodies of victims is a plot point, and the professional entomologist consulted needs time and equipment to answer the question.

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* Averted in ''SilenceOfTheLambs'', ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', in which identifying the species of an insect pupa found on the bodies of victims is a plot point, and the professional entomologist consulted needs time and equipment to answer the question.
3rd Jun '15 7:00:36 AM MacronNotes
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* In ''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 ''JaggedAlliance ''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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