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Tetrapod Zoology

Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

  • 5 Neat Things about Warthog Skeletons

    By Darren Naish | May 22, 2015 |

    An interesting and rather peculiar rendition of a group of warthogs by Joseph Wolf, dating to 1850. Image in public domain. Warthogs are African members of the pig family (Suidae), famous for their long, upcurved tusks and facial ‘warts’. […]

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  • Tiny Frogs and Giant Spiders: Best of Friends

    By Darren Naish | May 16, 2015 |

    Tarantula walking over a Dotted humming frog. Photo by Emanuele Biggi of Anura . Used with permission. Tet Zoo needs more frog articles. Too short of time to generate anything new, I here recycle an article originally published here back in 2009 – I was thinking of it as a ‘recently published’ article, so was surprised to find that it’s actually more than five years old already. […]

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  • Domestic Horses of Africa

    By Darren Naish | May 10, 2015 |

    Horses have played a major role in the lives and political and military actions of a great many African peoples. This image shows Kanembu warriors (a group endemic to Chad); the horse shown here might be an Arab. Image in the public domain. I’ve said on several previous occasions that domestic animals are far from outside the Tet Zoo remit. […]

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  • Yi qi Is Neat But Might Not Have Been the Black Screaming Dino-Dragon of Death

    By Darren Naish | May 5, 2015 |

    A couple of weeks ago I hatched a plan to write about all the neat new dinosaur-themed studies that had just appeared in print; I began by penning my thoughts on the Brontosaurus issue . But that then turned into a whole article all its own. So I set to work on an article devoted to the neat theropod-themed discoveries that had just been announced. […]

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  • World Tapir Day, 2015

    By Darren Naish | April 27, 2015 |

    Just some of the many toy Malayan tapirs I own. The models at the top are old Britiains models. The knitted tapir below is by the wonderful Sasha Kopf, aka Tapir Girl. I’ve just learnt (thanks, Marko Bosscher) that today (April 27th) is World Tapir Day , an annual event in which the world unites in celebration of our plucky, trunk-nosed perissodactyl pals and in which we aim to enhance awareness of tapir conservation through the raising of funds and sale of tapir-themed merchandise. […]

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  • That Brontosaurus Thing

    By Darren Naish | April 24, 2015 |

    So, the name Brontosaurus is back in business. After comparing, analysing, measuring and coding an extraordinary amount of anatomical detail pertaining to diplodocid sauropods, Emanuel Tschopp and colleagues have produced the largest-ever phylogenetic analysis of sauropods ( Tschopp et al . […]

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  • Some of The Things I Have Gotten Wrong

    By Darren Naish | April 20, 2015 |

    Montage featuring some of the topics discussed in this article. But what's with the sea-snake and softshell turtle? All will be revealed in time. As a regular reader, you might know that Tet Zoo has been going for over nine years now . I’ve written about a lot of stuff, I’ve been intrigued and enthused by a substantial number of animals and animal-themed topics, and I’ve been attracted to a variety of controversial ideas and claimed discoveries. […]

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  • People Are Modifying Monitors to Make Gargantuan Geckos

    By Darren Naish | April 16, 2015 |

    A gargantuan gecko-type lizard - more than 1.3 m long - is held by the man who wishes to sell it. This is a screengrab from a video. Over the last several days a consortium of people interested in herpetology, weird animals, animal lore, and special effects have worked together to help resolve an incredible and bizarre ‘mystery’*. […]

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  • The Turcana and Other Valachians

    By Darren Naish | April 12, 2015 |

    A long-fibred, crinkled fleece, spiralling horns, long, thin tail and black markings about the face and mouth. Characteristic features of Turcana sheep. Photo by Darren Naish. I’m about as interested in domestic animals as I am in non-domesticated ones. […]

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  • Cetacean Heresies: How the Chromatic Truthometer Busts the Monochromatic Paradigm

    By Darren Naish | April 1, 2015 |

    Check any mainstream book on the whales, dolphins and porpoises of the world and you’ll see these creatures depicted in tedious monochrome; as eternally decked out in blacks and greys. The cetological literature. Bland, bland, monochrome, tedious. […]

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