"I didn't really have a plan for how she would find it, how she would figure it out, but I just gave up eventually and just showed it to her," Dr. Caleb M. Brown says

By Erin Hill
June 05, 2015 12:55 PM

You better be taking notes, Sheldon Cooper!

Here’s a story that should pique the interest of the writers over at The Big Bang Theory – a paleontologist snuck a marriage proposal into his detailed scientific paper.

A group of scientists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, Alberta, discovered the skull of a new dinosaur, a relative of the Triceratops. And to cap off an already incredible achievement, lead author Dr. Caleb M. Brown decided to propose to his supportive girlfriend at the end of the study.

“C.M.B. would specifically like to highlight the ongoing and unwavering support of Lorna O Brien. Lorna, will you marry me?” Brown wrote in the acknowledgements of the study, which was published Thursday in Current Biology.

The sweet gesture is a first for the (typically) unromantic scientific journal.

“Current Biology is aware of the proposal and we are wishing the very best for the couple. I checked with several editors and this is a first for Current Biology as well as Cell Press,” a spokesperson for Cell Press said in a statement to Retraction Watch.

Brown, who is a post-doctoral fellow at the museum in Canada, and his now-fiancée Lorna O’Brien, met while doing their PhDs in Toronto. O’Brien holds a PhD in palaeobiology, and while she probably has no trouble reading through a lengthy scientific study, Brown told her about the sneaky proposal ahead of time.

“I didn’t really have a plan for how she would find it, how she would figure it out, but I just gave up eventually and just showed it to her, to give her a bit of a heads up before it came out today,” he told CBC News.

“She was a bit astonished, speechless at first. I don’t think she fully comprehended the significance, but regardless of that she said yes, so that’s always a good answer,” he added.

Despite the unexpected attention his study has received, the Canadian paleontologist says he doesn’t want the romantic proposal to take away from the discovery of a skull – nicknamed Hellboy – that belongs to a new species of horned dinosaurs.

You had us at dinosaur, Caleb, but throw in true love and we’re putty in your hands!

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