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Were azhdarchid pterosaurs really terrestrial stalkers? The evidence says yes, yes they (probably) were

Were azhdarchid pterosaurs really terrestrial stalkers? The evidence says yes, yes they (probably) were

Regular Tet Zoo readers will be familiar with azhdarchid pterosaurs and the debate thats surrounded their ecology and behaviour. Within recent decades, these remarkable, often gigantic, long-necked, long-billed but proportionally short-winged toothless Cretaceous pterosaurs have been imagined as mega-skimmers, as heron-like waders, as obligate scavengers of dinosaur carcasses, and even as sandpiper-like littoral foragers.

December 15, 2013 — Darren Naish
The ‘ghosts’ of extinct birds in modern ecosystems

The ‘ghosts’ of extinct birds in modern ecosystems

It needs to be better appreciated that the vast majority of modern ecosystems and communities are broken or, at least, very much incomplete compared to the situation present within very recent geological history: they lack an often significant number of key component species including some, many or all of the so-called keystone species.

December 13, 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

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