Weekend footwear

Another mystery hide.  I paraphrase the Charlie Sheen of philosophers: “Jerry Coyne is a man who can’t pass a(n) ________ in the street without mistaking it for a pair of shoes.”  Fill in the blank.

48 Comments

  1. Grania
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Lesser Spotted Unicorn?

  2. Hamilton Jacobi
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Alligator, of course!

    • Posted March 5, 2011 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      I’m sure it’s not an actual alligator, as that would be too easy. I am equally sure, however, that it’s a relatively close relative of an alligator; that’s the belly running along the top.

      We’ve already had caiman here. Could this be a repeat?

      Whatever it is, it’s either a juvenile or a small species. It’s almost the right size for an iguana….

      Cheers,

      b&

      • Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

        Well, alligators and the source species are in a smaller monophylic taxon than snakes and the source species… (Same division rather than same subclass.)

  3. Peter Beattie
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Puh-lease, guys. Small-spotted catsnark, of course. (Snarkorhinus canicula)

  4. Posted March 5, 2011 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    I guess ‘Intelligent Design proponent’ would be politically incorrect…

    • Posted March 5, 2011 at 6:47 am | Permalink

      That’s insulting for reptiles Chris, I know only of one species able of such stupidity.

  5. Dave
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Nauga.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      🙂

  6. Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    Goddess?

    • Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

      Regardless, the boots have a nice “Sheen” on ’em.

      • still learning
        Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:22 am | Permalink

        *giggle* Good one!

  7. Jagyr
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    It’s not armadillo, is it?

  8. Hempenstein
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Quite handsome, arrigato!

  9. Steve
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Is it a python?

  10. Scarecrow
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Can’t be Accomodationist their hides apparently are not very tough.

    • justsearching
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Their allotted portion of thickness is relegated to their skulls.

  11. salon_1928
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Australian Saltwater Croc dispatched by the late Steve Irwin.

  12. Quidam
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    It’s a snake not a crocodillian or lizard.

    I think it’s likely Python reticulatus, belly cut and bleached.

    • Richard Thomas
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      I agree that it’s a boid of some kind, could be Python reticulatus.

  13. Kevin
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    …argument…

  14. bigjohn756
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Jerry, do you have any boots like these yet?

    http://www.chuntaritos.com/

  15. Posted March 5, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Bichon frise.

  16. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    All wrong so far.

  17. Microraptor
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Rattlesnake?

  18. Posted March 5, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    The Charlie Sheen of philosophers. Mmmmmmmph!

  19. Sven DiMilo
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Nice.
    My first thought was snake-belly too, though certainly not rattlesnake.
    But no, snake scales are more imbricate except for like filesnakes.
    It’s no lizard, I’m sure of that too.

    hmmm, now it’s going to bother me.
    *googles furiously*

    a-HA!! Wow! That’s very cool; I never would have guessed.

    Here’s the spoiler link; don’t click if you have more guesses!
    http://www.dentrohome.com/materials.php?cat=8&id=28

    • Posted March 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      That is the one kind of leather boot I purposefully did not look at for comparison because I thought there was no way it could be that kind of animal. Little did I know it was all in the legs.

    • Quidam
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Yup that’s it. Interesting that it’s listed with the snake skins.

      Oh well, whod’a thunk it

      Oh and apparently ‘belly cut’ means cut along the snake’s belly so that the dorsal scales show, not cut along the back or sides so the ventral scales show. So I was wrong on that too.

      There’s a better image here

      $65 per leg. And that’s before making the boot itself. Expensive boots?

      • Dominic
        Posted March 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

        Oh – sorry I didn’t see Sven had found it! Now I will bury my head under my pillow in shame…

  20. Dominic
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    You are in the office on a Saturday – if only the students were as studious!

  21. salon_1928
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Jerry – you’re going to have to post a pic of the entire collection all together today. I’m convinced that you may be the Imelda Marcos of Evolutionary Biologists.

    • Dominic
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Only better looking & with more style!
      😉

  22. salon_1928
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Cobra?

  23. Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s the “mistaking it for” that riles me. How uncivil!

    “…can’t pass a … without thinking what a nice pair of boots it would make” would be closer to the mark.

  24. Helen Wise
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Coyne, goddamn. (Channeling Nina Simone). Your footwear is instilling in me guilt. I don’t even eat bacon, ferchrissakes. I think your boots must be beautiful, and I can’t take it any more.

  25. Dominic
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Ostrich maybe? Tastes nice! Quite a few farms in the UK farm them these days.

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      Mmmm … Red meat.

      • Dominic
        Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

        Wonder if colonel Sanders ever tried ostrich nuggets?! Or is that Mcthingy?

        • Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

          Ostrich burgers are very good, actually. I have them from time to time at farmers’ markets and country fairs. The meat is more like beef than chicken, but less fatty. (Healthier!)

          • Microraptor
            Posted March 6, 2011 at 12:54 am | Permalink

            The Fuddruckers chain also sells ostrich burgers (along with bison burgers).

    • Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Yes. I was wondering if those UK farms sell the skins for tanning.

      • Dominic
        Posted March 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        An evolutionary biologist should have boots made from Darwin’s rhea – Rhea pennata.

  26. Paul Havlak
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Know your leathery tetrapods; those big scales are definitely the belly scutes of a snake.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      Nope. The answer has already been given in the thread above.

      • Paul Havlak
        Posted March 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

        Ouch. Have been spending too much time around reptiles, too little around cowboy boots, lately. And with this place (http://www.houstonredneck.com/main.html) close to home, I’ve no excuse.

  27. Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Ha, I knew it! The rare New Zealand Scaly Bichon Frise!

  28. Chris Slaby
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Gharial?


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