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.
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.
I really like chickens. They are fascinating, beautiful, unbelievably diverse, complicated birds. Im academically interested in them. Oh, and we should probably stop eating them.
My newest book Cryptozoologicon Volume I, co-authored with John Conway and C. M. “Memo” Kosemen is now available (alternatively, it can be ordered here from amazon) (Conway et al.
In recent years it has – I really, really hope – become better known that non-bird reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, alligators and so on) are not boring dullards, but behaviourally complex creatures that get up to all sorts of interesting things.
Long-time readers of Tet Zoo might remember Sea Monster Week: a series of articles I ran at Tet Zoo ver 2 back in 2008. 2008? That’s, like, years ago.
The small feathered dinosaur Microraptor could probably glide - but how well? We aimed to find out...
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.
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).
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.
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