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Tetrapod Zoology

Junk in the trunk: why sauropod dinosaurs did not possess trunks (redux, 2012)

Time for another classic from the Tet Zoo archives: this article first appeared on ver 2 in March 2009 and is republished here with a few additions and improved images. It is the contention of some that the field of Mesozoic reptile research is plagued with bizarre hypotheses. You may or may not agree with [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Greg Paul’s Dinosaurs: A Field Guide

Greg Paul is an independent researcher who specialises on dinosaurs; he’s well known for his popular articles and books and his technical papers, but in particular for his hugely influential artwork. Paul’s most recent book – the 2010 Dinosaurs: A Field Guide (aka The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs) – is, simply put, the ultimate Greg [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Because giraffes are heartless creatures, and other musings

Those of you who read the recent Tet Zoo article on The Second International Workshop on Sauropod Biology and Gigantism may have been wondering about the odd picture I showed in one of the slides of my talk. It was some sort of ‘survival of the fittest’ cartoon posed as a multi-choice exam question: it [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

The Second International Workshop on the Biology of Sauropod Dinosaurs (part II)

And the ornithodiran biology fest hasn’t stopped yet… I still need to finish up on the events of the sauropod biology workshop, the three-day meeting held in December 2011 at the University of Bonn, Germany. For part I of my thoughts, please go here. Having finished with feeding and digestion, an entire session was then [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

The Second International Workshop on the Biology of Sauropod Dinosaurs (part I)

Sauropod dinosaurs are – in my somewhat biased opinion – among the most fascinating tetrapods that ever evolved. Exceeding all other terrestrial animals by an order of magnitude and famous for their extreme and often ridiculous necks, they were also remarkable in possessing an often elaborate degree of skeletal pneumatisation. Remember that sauropods were incredibly [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Paul Brinkman’s The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

Ok, in keeping with what I said in the previous article (the review of Gerhard Maier’s African Dinosaurs Unearthed), here’s the second of those reviews on “outstanding new volumes … on the history of Mesozoic dinosaur research and discovery”. Hmm, the first line of my review here is very similar to the first line of [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Gerhard Maier’s African Dinosaurs Unearthed: the Tendaguru Expeditions

Over the past few years, three really outstanding new volumes have been published on the history of Mesozoic dinosaur research and discovery. I’ve been able to read and review all of these works and have really enjoyed doing so. I’m going to reproduce all three reviews here; here’s the first of them – it was [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Tet Zoo highlights 2006-2011, from a Tet Zoo superfan

As you read this, I’m away (at the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting, in Las Vegas)*. As usual when I’m away, the plan is to have articles set to self-publish during my absence. And here’s one such article – but it’s an unusual one. I have a fairly strict policy of not running guest [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Dinosaurs at SVPCA – no Mesozoic non-avialan theropods, thank you very much – and what about those marine reptiles?

In the previous article I penned various of my thoughts on the 59th SVPCA (= Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology & Comparative Anatomy), this year held at Lyme Regis in Dorset. You might need to read that previous article to make sense of this one. That first article covered pterosaurs, various non-archosaurs and an assortment of [...]

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