Tetrapod Zoology

Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

  • The Events of TetZooCon 2015

    November 20, 2015 |

    Assorted scenes from TetZooCon 2015 (except for the image of David Lindo at lower left). Oh look, is that a book manuscript? Photos by Michael Lesniowski (except for the one at bottom left). On Saturday 14th November 2015, a crowd of friends, associates, notable persons and Tet Zoo readers gathered at the London Wetland Centre, Barnes, London, to attend the second-ever TetZooCon, organised by TetZoopodcats/Tetrapodcats Naish and Conway. […]

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  • Countdown to TetZooCon 2015

    November 9, 2015 |

    We’re now in the final week leading up to TetZooCon 2015 – the second-ever Tetrapod Zoology convention. It’s being held at the London Wetland Centre (Barnes, west London) on Saturday 14th November. We’re just about fully booked and are in the final throws of getting everything together. […]

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  • Unusual Giraffe Deaths

    November 3, 2015 |

    In the interests of recycling old Tet Zoo material from the archives, here are some musings on giraffe deaths. Lightning image by John R. Southern , CC BY-SA 2.0. Angolan giraffe  Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis  (c) Hans Hillewaert, CC BY-SA 4.0. […]

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  • For The Love of Crows

    By Darren Naish | October 29, 2015 |

    L to r: Carrion crow, juvenile Rook, singing rook, Eurasian jackdaw tearing plastic, Hooded crow eating garbage in Scotland. Photo by Darren Naish. I’m a huge fan of corvids. I watch and photograph them at every opportunity, and I can easily imagine a life wholly dedicated to, if not obsessed with, these charismatic, amazing, constantly fascinating birds. […]

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  • African Climbing Mice and the Congo Link Rat

    October 22, 2015 |

    There’s an unusual group of African rodents that we rarely get to hear much about. Termed dendromurines, they’re named for Dendromus , the climbing mice, and mostly inhabit sub-Saharan Africa. The fossil record shows that dendromurines have not always been exclusive to Africa, however, since fossils reveal their presence during the Miocene in Thailand and Pakistan. […]

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  • Hot News From Planet Archosaur

    By Darren Naish | October 14, 2015 |

    It is the Age of Dinosaurs. Fighting apatosaurines by Brian Engh . Duck photographed by Darren Naish. Fossil hominins, weird extinct lizards and archaic turtles are all very nice but, let’s be honest: when we talk about fossil tetrapods, the things we talk about the most are archosaurs... […]

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  • 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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