Hilarity Ensues After Software Used By Virtual Paleontology Conference Bans The Word “Bone”

As an outsider you’d probably expect paleontologists to constantly use the word “bone”, and you’d be right. Day in, day out, they can’t stop mentioning bones.

This caused quite a lot of trouble at this year’s Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) conference, which was held as a virtual event this week due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Trying to keep things as normal as possible, they held Q&As with the speakers after their talks. Attendees only needed to submit a written question they want answered, and this is where the problem arose. The software banned several words the paleontologists needed to say, including but not limited to “bone”.

“The platform we’re using for the conference is apparently set up for business and industry meetings, not science, and apparently it came with a pre-packaged naughty-word-filter,” paleontologist at the University of Tennessee Stephanie Drumheller said of the issue in an

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