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Jurassic Pork: What Could a Jewish Time Traveler Eat?

dc.contributor.authorPlotnick, Roy E.
dc.contributor.authorTheodor, Jessica M.
dc.contributor.authorHoltz, Thomas R. Jr.
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-17T17:04:59Z
dc.date.available2021-08-17T17:04:59Z
dc.date.issued2015-09-24
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/yddu-pyec
dc.identifier.citationPlotnick, R.E., Theodor, J.M. & Holtz, T.R. Jurassic Pork: What Could a Jewish Time Traveler Eat?. Evo Edu Outreach 8, 17 (2015).en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/27622
dc.description.abstractPaleontologists use multiple methods to reconstruct the anatomy and behavior of extinct animals, including direct observations from well-preserved fossils and inferences from the phylogeny of modern and extinct relatives. We illustrate these techniques by reference to the biblical definitions of kosher and non-kosher animals; that is, how can we apply these approaches to the hypothetical question of whether an extinct form would have been kosher. The biblical categories do not readily map to modern understandings of systematics, but are heavily based on life mode. When given, distinguishing characteristics, such as the presence of fins and scales in aquatic animals, can be readily seen directly in fossils. In other cases, such as cud chewing, they need to be inferred from the phylogenetic relationships of the fossil forms. Dinosaurs (other than birds), unfortunately, are not kosher. A kosher “paleo diet” would be increasingly difficult further in the past. The use of biblical content as a way of introducing concepts from paleontology and evolutionary biology, such as crown groups and stem groups, should be of broad interest.en_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.1186/s12052-015-0047-2
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen_US
dc.subjectMammalsen_US
dc.subjectInsectsen_US
dc.subjectBirdsen_US
dc.subjectDinosaursen_US
dc.subjectFossilen_US
dc.subjectKosheren_US
dc.titleJurassic Pork: What Could a Jewish Time Traveler Eat?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCollege of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciencesen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtGeologyen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)en_us


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