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What's With All These New Chameleon Names? (part 1)

Chameleons* are among the most distinctive and charismatic of lizards, and a long list of anatomical features makes them unusual relative to other members of the group. Most of the sorts of things I have in mind (those grasping hands and feet, the protrusible tongue and so on) are well known. Less familiar is that chameleons are not all branch-climbing specialists with prehensile tails: the group also includes a substantial number of terrestrial, leaf- and twig-mimicking taxa, many of which are tiny.

19 hours ago — Darren Naish

The Madagascan Skink Amphiglossus Eats Crabs

Neither stream-dwelling nor crab-eating are common behavior in lizards. Madagascar is home to a morphologically and behaviorally diverse group of skinks, and a few of those are confirmed stream-dwellers. Here I discuss a case in which biologist Asia Murphy has succeeded in photographing—perhaps for the first time—one of these stream-dwelling skinks eating crabs...

February 5, 2016 — Darren Naish

Tetrapod Zoology 10th-Birthday Extravaganza, Part 4: Looking Back at a Decade of Tetrapod Zoology

Some days ago (January 21st 2016), Tet Zoo reached its 10th birthday. You might have heard this already, sorry for going on about it. Here, in the last of a whole series of birthday-themed articles, I look back at the ups and downs of ten years of blogging, consider the impact of Tet Zoo – if there is such a thing – and present musings on what has been, what is, and what will be. Why the adjacent photo of a Blackbird Turdus merula? Because, as usual, why not.

January 29, 2016 — Darren Naish

Tetrapod Zoology 10th-Birthday Extravaganza, Part 3: Tet Zoo's Tetrapod Treatment in 2015

Welcome to the third of the Tet Zoo 10th-birthday articles. Yes, I’m doing a whole month of looking back at 10 years of blogging (part 1 here, part 2 here). In the previous articles we looked back at the various Tet Zoo–relevant things that happened during 2015. This time round we review subject coverage on the blog, an interesting (and frustrating) topic that I always feel warrants annual review. Much of this will make sense—or be somewhat familiar—if you’re a regular reader, or at least if you stop in at Tet Zoo on occasion

January 20, 2016 — Darren Naish

Tetrapod Zoology 10th-Birthday Extravaganza, Part 2: The Rest of 2015 Reviewed

Time for the second part of my TetZoo-centric look back at 2015. Here, we look at some All Yesterdays–themed spinoff, conference season, sea monsters, TetZooCon and assorted other things. Part 1 of the 2015 review is here. As before, go away now if you think the gratuitous introspection and self-congratulation will offend you. Last warning. Oh, and... why bantams and bustard-based bitters? Well, because why not?

January 8, 2016 — Darren Naish

Tetrapod Zoology 10th-Birthday Extravaganza, Part 1: 2015 in Review

Hello, Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Tet Zoo post of 2016. Regular readers will know that January is the month in which I review the previous year’s adventures, and I save these review events to January 21—this being Tet Zoo’s birthday…or anniversary…or blogoversary, or whatever. But January 21, 2016, is an extra-special birthday for Tet Zoo. Why? WHY? Because Tet Zoo is 10 YEARS OLD this month, that’s why

January 2, 2016 — Darren Naish

A Tet Zoo Christmas

It's time to shut down shop for the Christmas season -- even though we never did get to 23 comments on the recent article about monkeys and evolution.

December 23, 2015

Fabulous Crested Indian Wild Pigs

The Indian wild pig looks about ‘different enough’ from other wild pigs that it was originally (in 1839) described as a distinct species, but no more

December 10, 2015 — Darren Naish

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