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Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

Pinnipeds Descended from One Ancestral Line, Not Two

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… stem-pinnipeds at Tet Zoo. Or, probable stem-pinnipeds anyway. This minimum-effort post is brought to you on the back of work showing that pinnipeds (seals, sea lions and walruses) are monophyletic, not diphyletic, and that the taxa shown here – Potamotherium, Puijila and so on – really are [...]..

June 11, 2014 — Darren Naish

Models salamanders, in a cave

While on a family holiday recently I visited Dan yr Ogof, the famous National Show Cave for Wales. Besides being interesting for the expected geological and speleological reasons, Dan yr Ogof is set within landscaped gardens that, bizarrely, feature one of Europe's largest `dinosaur parks'...

June 6, 2014 — Darren Naish

Ostrich dinosaurs invade Europe! Or do they?

Regular readers of Tet Zoo might know that I've published extensively on the theropod dinosaurs of a famous and much-studied Lower Cretaceous rock unit known as the Wealden Supergroup.

June 3, 2014 — Darren Naish

Old World Monkeys of Choice

There have never been enough primates on Tet Zoo. That isn't because I'm not interested in primates, nor because I don't think about primates, or look at primates, that much… in fact, I probably think about, and look at, primates more than I do any other group of animals… it's simply because - as is [...]..

May 28, 2014 — Darren Naish
Announcements from the TetZoo-sphere

Announcements from the TetZoo-sphere

This isn’t a normal scheduled blog post; instead, it concerns some announcements. Firstly, TetZooCon – the first ever Tetrapod Zoology Convention – is go.

May 18, 2014 — Darren Naish

Uniform Look of Musk, Mud Turtles Belies Hyper-Diversity

In a further effort to relieve Turtle Guilt (see the previous turtle-themed Tet Zoo article), I give you the following article devoted wholly to kinosternids, an exclusively American group of about 25 species of seemingly mundane and unspectacular turtles...

May 13, 2014 — Darren Naish

Monitor Lizards: 77 Species and Counting

There's been a bit of a monitor lizard thing going on here for the past few months: articles have covered Australian goannas, the Komodo dragon Varanus komodoensis, Dumeril's monitor and Timor and Peachthroat monitors, and the `prasinoid' tree monitors...

May 9, 2014 — Darren Naish

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