Tetrapod Zoology

Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

  • Piltdown Man Came from The Lost World... Well, No, It Didn't

    By Darren Naish | October 9, 2015 |

    Walsh (1996), a volume consulted during the creation of this article. In 1908, amateur geologist and solicitor Charles Dawson claimed the discovery of a new and exciting fossil that, so it was thought, shed substantial light on the ancestry of humans. […]

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  • Piltdown Man and the Dualist Contention

    October 3, 2015 |

    One of my favourite reconstructions of Piltdown man. It's by Margaret Flinsch and shows supposedly associated proboscideans and horses in a surprisingly tropical Plio-Pleistocene England. Note the (in)famous tool being held by the hominin on the left. […]

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  • Late Cretaceous Animals of Romania's Haţeg Island--a More Complex View

    By Darren Naish | September 28, 2015 |

    At top: our Prospectiuni fieldwork vehicles. Lower left: the amazing and distinctive foot of the Romanian theropod Balaur bondoc . Lower right: reconstructed Zalmoxes skeleton at IRSNB, Brussels, image by Ghedoghedo , CC BY-SA 3.0 Over the past several years, I and colleagues have aimed to improve our knowledge of the Late Cretaceous fauna of the Haţeg Island, a landmass that corresponds to modern-day Romania. […]

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  • On World Rhino Day 2015, Some Things about Rhinos You Might Not Know

    By Darren Naish | September 22, 2015 |

    Great one-horned rhino  Rhinoceros unicornis  in enclosure at the brilliant Chester Zoo, UK. Photo by Darren Naish. I’ve just learnt that today is World Rhino Day. This always happens: I learn about these things on the day and am completely unaware of them beforehand. […]

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  • Late News from the 2015 Pterosaur Meeting

    By Darren Naish | September 17, 2015 |

    A few short weeks ago the.... umm... fifth (I think) international pterosaur meeting was held. It was hosted by my alma mater the University of Portsmouth, was run by Dave Martill, Richard Hing and colleagues, and was attended by a great crowd of international pterosaur workers. […]

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  • The Galliwasps

    By Darren Naish | September 9, 2015 |

    Montage of Alan Male's 1983 illustrations of anguids (with bonus Anniella thrown in too). We're interested in the big, brightly coloured lizard at the bottom of the image: it's a Brazilian galliwasp Diploglossus lessonae . Images (c) Alan Male, from Whitfield (1983). […]

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  • Your Awesome Neighbourhood Herring Gull (And Its Many Cousins)

    By Darren Naish | September 4, 2015 |

    Portraits of British Herring gulls. The bird on the right is in winter plumage. I think gulls are great, and I’m especially fond of the so-called white-headed gulls: the group of species that includes the familiar Herring gull Larus argentatus , the black-backed gulls, and a list of similar species that occur worldwide. […]

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  • A Need for News on Nototriton

    By Darren Naish | August 20, 2015 |

    I must have said that one of my aims here at Tet Zoo is to write about obscure amphibian species that rarely get covered elsewhere. The main thing stopping or slowing this plan concerns the availability of images – good, available pictures showing the species concerned are often not available. […]

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  • Nobody Expects the Korean Crevice Salamander

    By Darren Naish | August 18, 2015 |

    Aren't plethodontids great? Clockwise from left: Northern dusky salamander ( Desmognathus fuscus ), one of many Desmognathus species within Plethodontinae; Red salamander ( Pseudotriton ruber ), a spelerpine; Four-toed salamander ( Hemidactylium scutatum ), the only extant member of its lineage (and hence sometimes given its own ‘subfamily’, Hemidactylinae). […]

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  • Speculative Zoology Grand and Photoreal: Boulay and Steyer's Demain, les Animaux du Futur

    By Darren Naish | August 13, 2015 |

    Speculative Zoology has become a big draw here at Tet Zoo and I’ve now had reason to write about the subject on quite a few occasions (see links below). Today I’m writing about it again because a very interesting book wholly devoted to the subject has recently appeared: artist Marc Boulay and palaeontologist Sébastien Steyer’s Demain, les Animaux du Futur *. […]

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