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Tetrapod Zoology

Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

Tale of the Takydromus

Tale of the Takydromus

I said a while back that I intended to make some overdue headway into the diversity of lacertid lizards: Lacertidae being the clade that includes many of the more familiar, conventionally ‘lizard-shaped’ lizards of Europe, Asia and Africa.

September 14, 2013 — Darren Naish
33% of the newts of my country

33% of the newts of my country

I know the newts of my country… but that’s not hard, there are only three (or four if you count the alien one). The Palmate newt Lissotriton helveticus is Britain’s smallest species (reaching 95 mm in total length), though it’s not the smallest of all European newts, being exceeded by the 80 mm Italian newt L.

September 9, 2013 — Darren Naish

Fantastic asses

Come on, this is Tetrapod Zoology: you knew those asses would be of the equid kind, right? I don’t think there’s been much on Tet Zoo about equids yet, nor about perissodactyls at all (a crime, given my strong interest in fossil rhinos).

September 5, 2013 — Darren Naish
The Big 200 at Tet Zoo

The Big 200 at Tet Zoo

It’s time to crack open the champagne and hit the town because Tet Zoo ver 3 just hit the ‘200 article’ mark: specifically, Because caecilians are important was # 200.

September 2, 2013 — Darren Naish
Because caecilians are important

Because caecilians are important

This is the 200th article at Tet Zoo ver 3 – thanks, pass the champagne, donation cheque etc. (hint hint). The plan is to produce a lengthy introspective-type article that includes links to all the content that’s appeared on Tet Zoo ver 3 so far.

August 25, 2013 — Darren Naish

Tapir attacks past, present, but hopefully not future

Last Thursday (August 8th, 2013) a Brazilian or Lowland tapir Tapirus terrestris at Dublin Zoo (Ireland) seriously attacked and injured a two-year-old girl that, believe it or don’t, was taken into the tapir’s enclosure.

August 11, 2013 — Darren Naish

Phenacodontidae, I feel like I know you

One day in the not-too-distant future there will be a Tet Zoo Guide to Paleogene Mammals. I’m not kidding – it really will happen one day… hey, I’ve only been promising it since 2007 or so.

August 8, 2013 — Darren Naish

Tales from the Cryptozoologicon: Megalodon!

The other day I showcased some art and text from the upcoming Cryptozoologicon, a book currently being put together by John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and myself and scheduled to appear later this year.

August 5, 2013 — Darren Naish

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