Saturday, 16 June 2012

This week's best taxonomy FAIL

From the Daily Mail online, 15 June 2012.


Edited to add: I am stunned. The error is not the Daily Mail's, but originated with the source.




11 comments:

Bernie H said...

They are the most unusual grasshoppers I've ever seen! Should have gone to Specsavers!

Snail said...

I know. Someone suggested that maybe there were grasshoppers, but the lizards ate them all...

Denis Wilson said...

Blame his parents: for calling him Dr Dr
.... Dr. Dror Halwena
.
Like the idea that the Lizards ate his pet Grasshoppers.
Denis

Snail said...

He's probably mortified about this!

diane b said...

Maybe thats what they call lizards in Israel.

biobabbler said...

epic.

Snail said...

I've got to say, taxonomy fail or translation error aside, Dr Halwena looks as though he's got a great study site. How cool is that?

Flabmeister said...

Oi vey! I think you are being too kind to the editors of the Daily Mail. They have actually reworded the caption so just failed to look at all at that about which they were writing,

WRT to Denis' comment about the guys name, perhaps his parents were fans of Catch 22, in which case he is lucky he is not Dr Dr Dr!

Snail said...

I think I was giving the Daily Mail the benefit of the doubt simply because they had refrained from wrapping up the story as a cure or cause of cancer. That temptation must have taken some resisting!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

hahahahaaaaa!!!!!!

so are those the stressed or non stressed group of grasshoppers?

must be the stressed group...and they got so darn stressed, they morphed into lizards.

Stiletto said...

What is the ojective of this study? So what is to be achieved with this high carbon to nitrogen ratio data. Can this be translated commercially or benefit mankind, otherwise it is a waste of research funds. Anyway the images and the captions are hilarious.