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A Merry Tet Zoo Christmas

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Demands of work and all that mean that I need to sign off for Christmas now, so no time to blog about sauropod biology, toads, tadpoles, Cretaceous crocodilians (Salisbury & Naish 2011), mutual sexual selection in ornithodirans (Hone et al. 2011) or whatever else it was I was planning to blog about this month. There just hasn’t been the time. And I and colleagues have a neat, open-access paper coming out on January 3rd, so I need to get ready for that as well, argh! For now, I leave you with this….

And seeing as I can’t embed a version that takes up full page-width and is also available for enlargement, here’s a thumbnail version that can be enlarged by clicking. Sorry about all the dinosaur stuff lately by the way – it’s down to chronic lack of time and resultant non-generation of new content. Best wishes to all my readers, friends and correspondents. See you on the other side, and have a great Christmas and New Year. Remember to follow me on twitter: @TetZoo.

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Hone, D. W. E., Naish, D. & Cuthill, I. C. 2011. Does mutual sexual selection explain the evolution of head crests in pterosaurs and dinosaurs? Lethaia doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2011.00300.x

Salisbury, S. W. & Naish, D. 2011. Crocodilians. In Batten, D. J. (ed.) English Wealden Fossils. The Palaeontological Association (London), pp. 305-369.

Darren Naish About the Author: Darren Naish is a science writer, technical editor and palaeozoologist (affiliated with the University of Southampton, UK). He mostly works on Cretaceous dinosaurs and pterosaurs but has an avid interest in all things tetrapod. His publications can be downloaded at He has been blogging at Tetrapod Zoology since 2006. Check out the Tet Zoo podcast at! Follow on Twitter @TetZoo.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. falcon121 11:03 am 12/22/2011

    Are you going to blog about all of those next month? Specially looking forward to your take on mutual sexual selection on dinosaurs and pterosaurs … and we mustnt forget the toads …

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  2. 2. naishd 11:46 am 12/22/2011

    Hey, I do what I can :) And the toads are never forgotten.


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  3. 3. BilBy 4:37 pm 12/22/2011

    Yeah – MORE sexual selection!
    Have a great Xmas Darren

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  4. 4. Pete Moulton 7:41 pm 12/22/2011

    Have a great holiday, Darren!

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  5. 5. Heteromeles 8:14 pm 12/22/2011

    And a hippo gnu deer as well!

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  6. 6. Andreas Johansson 4:44 am 12/23/2011

    Merry Christmas!

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  7. 7. neovenator250 12:59 pm 12/23/2011

    Looking forward to hearing about those Cretaceous crocodilians when ya get back

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  8. 8. BrianL 5:47 am 12/24/2011

    Merry Christmas. May your posts be plentiful once you get back.:)

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  9. 9. Mike from Ottawa 9:28 pm 12/24/2011

    Merry Christmas, Darren.

    And thanks for a year of tetrapodtacular posts!

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  10. 10. Hai~Ren 6:09 am 12/25/2011

    Merry Christmas to all, and may everyone have a wonderful 2012!

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  11. 11. John Harshman 10:59 am 12/28/2011

    And happy new year, which will apparently be a good one for bandits. Looking forward to your review of Feduccia’s new book (which I haven’t actually seen yet, but the press release is priceless).

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  12. 12. naishd 11:28 am 12/28/2011

    Happy New Year to all Tet Zoo readers! And just because Feduccia has a new book coming out, it doesn’t follow that the bandits will have a “good” year… I kind of doubt that I’ll be getting a copy of his book for review, as (without wanting to see at all biased) I think I already know what I’m going to say… just like everybody else.


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  13. 13. Christopher Taylor 5:33 pm 12/28/2011

    But then, is it still possible to find an un-biased reviewer of Feduccia?

    And happy new year to everyone from me, too.

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  14. 14. vdinets 11:26 pm 12/28/2011

    Happy Holidays! And thanks for the delightful blog.

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  15. 15. Mike from Ottawa 6:50 pm 12/29/2011

    “… I kind of doubt that I’ll be getting a copy of his [Feduccia's] book for review…”

    There’s no harm in you asking for one. Who knows, the request might be mistaken for advance indication of a positive review and they might send it.

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