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Pannoniasaurus inexpectatus: World’s first freshwater mosasaur

Pannoniasaurus inexpectatus

Fossilised bones of a new species of mosasaur have been unearthed in Hungary, providing the first evidence that these giant, aquatic lizards lived in both freshwater and marine environments. Since the first mosasaur was discovered in 1764, thousands of specimens have been discovered all over the world. But because there was no evidence that they [...]

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Are You A Mammal? Standardized Test


Hannah Bonner is an illustrator who is creating an empire of informative, entertaining kids’ books about paleontology. They remind me of The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole: real science conveyed with a wacky sense of humor. Take, for example, Bonner’s “Are You A Mammal?” standardized test. It opens with the following instructions: Instructions: [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

The Jehol-Wealden International Conference, 2013


This Friday and Saturday (20th and 21st September, 2013), the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, is hosting the Jehol-Wealden International Conference. This event – titled Celebrating Dinosaur Island – features an impressive list of talks and events relating to the Lower Cretaceous biota of Europe and Asia. More info (and booking advice) here. Items [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Awesome sea-going crocodyliforms of the Mesozoic

The Mesozoic was not a ‘dinosaurs-only theme park’. Numerous other tetrapod lineages were around as well, and there was enough ‘ecospace’ for members of at least some of these groups to evolve giant size and macropredatory lifestyles, and even to dominate certain sections of the Mesozoic world. It’s well known in particular that this was [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

In pursuit of Early Cretaceous crocodyliforms in southern England: ode to Goniopholididae

Regular readers of Tet Zoo might know that much of my specialised technical research centers around the dinosaurs, pterosaurs and other fossil reptiles of the Wealden Supergroup. What is the Wealden Supergroup? It’s the name given to a series of mudstones, siltstones and sandstones, deposited across the floodplains, lagoons and estuaries of south-eastern England during [...]

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