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Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

Flight of the Microraptor

The small feathered dinosaur Microraptor could probably glide - but how well? We aimed to find out...

November 18, 2013 — Darren Naish
Odobenocetops: ridiculous ‘walrus whales’

Odobenocetops: ridiculous ‘walrus whales’

I always hoped that, one day, I’d have time to talk at length about Odobenocetops, one of the strangest and most exciting of fossil cetaceans.

November 14, 2013 — Darren Naish
The remarkable life appearance of the Woolly rhino

The remarkable life appearance of the Woolly rhino

One of the Pleistocene mammals depicted without fail in popular books – encyclopedias of prehistoric life and the like – is the Woolly rhinoceros Coelodonta antiquitatis (the species name is written antiquus in many sources).

November 9, 2013 — 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
A tongue-wrestling interlude, from the azhdarchids

A tongue-wrestling interlude, from the azhdarchids

I’d like to talk to you about the recently announced ‘Yeti DNA’ discovery just featured on British television; I’d like to talk to you about tail feathers in Cretaceous maniraptoran dinosaurs (O’Connor et al.

October 22, 2013 — Darren Naish

The Cheer pheasant

The gamebird clade – properly called Galliformes – includes an enormous number of obscure and weird species that you rarely hear much about, nor see in zoological collections (unless you’re an obsessive who’s made a point of tracking them down).

October 18, 2013 — Darren Naish

Tales from the Cryptozoologicon: BUNYIP

Regular Tet Zoo readers (and listeners of the TetZoo podcast) will know that John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and myself are soon to publish the Cryptozoologicon, a beautifully illustrated work focusing on cryptids, the (sometimes mundane, sometimes bizarre, sometimes nonsense) creatures of the cryptozoological literature.

October 12, 2013 — Darren Naish
Leiosaurus: big heads, bold patterns

Leiosaurus: big heads, bold patterns

I like iguanian lizards – who doesn’t? Among the enormous number of taxa that you hardly ever hear anything about is the endemic Argentinean taxon Leiosaurus, type species of Leiosauridae.

October 7, 2013 — Darren Naish
THE AMAZING WORLD OF SALAMANDERS

THE AMAZING WORLD OF SALAMANDERS

Tet Zoo loves amphibians* (that’s anurans, salamanders, caecilians and their close relatives), and since 2008 I’ve been making a concerted effort to get through all the amphibian groups of the world.

October 1, 2013 — Darren Naish

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