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21st Century Dinosaur Revolution

A recent tour of the Natural History Museum (London) bookshop reminded me that my 2009 book, The Great Dinosaur Discoveries (A & C Black in the UK, University of California Press in the USA), is still on sale and in demand.

July 28, 2013 — Darren Naish

2014, an amazing year for pterosaurs

I'm still not sure whether I blog about Mesozoic archosaurs - specifically dinosaurs and pterosaurs - too often, or too infrequently. As I always say, the problem as I see it is that dinosaurs and pterosaurs have so much presence in the blogosphere that writing about them always feels like jumping on a bandwagon.

September 24, 2014 — Darren Naish
Coelophysoid theropods 101

Coelophysoid theropods 101

Due to the usual frustrating inability of being unable to finish any of the in-prep Tet Zoo articles (and… I’ve been away), I give you the following short article.

November 5, 2013 — Darren Naish
Flight of the Microraptor

Flight of the Microraptor

Some weeks ago now, myself and a team of colleagues (Gareth Dyke, Roeland de Kat, Colin Palmer, Jacques Van der Kindere and Bharathram Ganapathisubramani) – all of which are based at the University of Southampton – published the results (in Nature Communications) of our study on the aerodynamic performance of Microraptor, a small, long-winged dromaeosaurid [...]

November 18, 2013 — Darren Naish

Hot News From Planet Archosaur

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... dinosaurs and their ilk in particular. As I’ve said on so many previous occasions, dinosaurs are always in the news, and while much of the stuff that gets classed as ‘newsy’ seems oh-so-familiar to those of us who attend the conferences and keep tabs on the technical literature, I know that isn’t the case for the Tet Zoo readership as a whole. That disclaimer out of the way, let’s look at some of the dinosaur-themed things that have lately been the topic of our attention.

October 14, 2015 — Darren Naish
Were azhdarchid pterosaurs really terrestrial stalkers? The evidence says yes, yes they (probably) were

Were azhdarchid pterosaurs really terrestrial stalkers? The evidence says yes, yes they (probably) were

Regular Tet Zoo readers will be familiar with azhdarchid pterosaurs and the debate thats surrounded their ecology and behaviour. Within recent decades, these remarkable, often gigantic, long-necked, long-billed but proportionally short-winged toothless Cretaceous pterosaurs have been imagined as mega-skimmers, as heron-like waders, as obligate scavengers of dinosaur carcasses, and even as sandpiper-like littoral foragers.

December 15, 2013 — Darren Naish