The Paleontology of Chris Wildrick Is Overrated: Preternatural Paleontological Palmistry, performed at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, 2005, at Unit B, San Antonio, TX, 2006, and several other times in Ithaca and Syracuse, NY, from 2008-2010. Exhibited at Unit B, San Antonio, TX; the Redhouse, Syracuse, NY; and Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY.

Chris decided that if he was going to study dinosaur aesthetics, he ought to know more about which dinosaurs are foremost in our minds, to see who the average Joe's favorite dinosaur is. He decided to use his accumulated dinosaur knowledge to see if he could guess someone's favorite species just by intuition alone.

The participants filled out a survey outlining the extent and the origin of their interests in dinosaurs in general, then let Chris read their palms for further insights into their personalities. Using this information along with the sensitivity to dinosaurania that he has honed over the past several years, Chris then attempted to intuit their favorite dinosaurs. His success rate was over 10%!

(Please note that Chris does not claim to have any special psychic powers or any magical ability to read palms. He just used his normal, everyday intuition to try to figure out what kinds of people like which kinds of dinosaurs.)

The project ended up providing reams of data, not just about what dinosaurs are the most popular, but also about the different levels of knowledge and interest people have in dinosaurs. The project's primary documentation is in the form of a book (see below), which provides a more extensive summary of the results.


The original questionnaire can be found here. Try it out on your friends and see how good YOUR dinosaur intuition is!


Action pics of Chris intuiting people's favorite dinosaurs (he wore the blacked-out pink sunglasses so he couldn't see what people wrote on their forms):


The PDF of the Palmistry book (seen above) contains the master data set and analysis of the project, including a 15' chart!:

The Addendum to the book contains an additional 27 charts which are subsets of the master chart, organized by theme, for a total of over 162' of charts!:


See this page, which collects all the paleontology books, for more photographs of the book.

(Chris recommends that you view the book PDFs on Acrobat, and that under View > Page Display, you select "Two-Up Continuous" and "Show Cover Page During Two-Up" for the full book experience. "Two-Up Continuous" shows the both the left- and right-hand pages in a spread together on your screen. "Show Cover Page During Two-Up" makes the first page of the book show as a single page on the right-hand side, thus making sure that all the following pages are shown in their correct pairings, like pages 2 and 3, pages 4 and 5, etc. Doing this will ensure that you see the book the way Chris designed it, with various visual and informational relationships existing between the left- and right-hand pages.)


You can also download the now-outdated, but still-interesting 2009 poster of the project:


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