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Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

A brief history of muskrats

A brief history of muskrats

Earlier in the year I made a promise that I'd get through more rodents here at Tet Zoo. Rodents, you see, divide people like no other group of tetrapods.

September 5, 2014 — Darren Naish

Exploring the Vast Nuthatch Empire

Today I'd like to focus on passerine birds again, and this time on a group that I don't think I've ever blogged about before: the certhioids.

August 25, 2014 — Darren Naish
More passerines as seen from the peripheries (part III): Great tits!

More passerines as seen from the peripheries (part III): Great tits!

Welcome to another of my articles on passerines from the peripheries. As before, the idea here is that we're looking at passerine bird groups as seen `from the fringes' - from an obscure, maritime archipelago on the eastern fringes of the North Atlantic, far from the places where these birds underwent most of their evolution [...]..

August 20, 2014 — Darren Naish

Speculative Biology a Hit at Science Fiction Convention

I've just returned from LonCon3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, held at the enormous ExCel Exhibition Centre in east London. Yeah, I know, sci-fi isn't exactly a normal part of the Tet Zoo remit but, on this occasion, there really is overlap since I was there for a set of special Speculative Biology talks [...]..

August 18, 2014 — Darren Naish

After 75 Years, 6-Ton Blue Whale Model Still Excites London Museum

A series of meetings meant that I found myself in London’s Natural History Museum yesterday, and with my friends and Tet Zoo supporters Dan and Felix Bridel (great t-shirt, Felix) I spent a while gawping at the always fascinating life-sized Blue whale Balaenoptera musculus model that hangs in the Mammal Hall...

August 8, 2014 — Darren Naish

50 Million Years of Incredible Shrinking Theropod Dinosaurs

Some time round about 165 million years ago, the group of small, feathered dinosaurs that we call birds evolved from within the theropod radiation (theropods are the so-called `predatory dinosaurs': the great group that includes animals like Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor as well as the birds)...

July 31, 2014 — Darren Naish

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