Youll already know what voles are. Theyre blunt-nosed, comparatively short-tailed rodents with chunky bodies and rounded ears that are mostly concealed by fur.
I assume youre here for the Tetrapod Zoology. If so, youll have been excited and intrigued by one of 2013s best tetrapod-themed books: Mark Wittons Pterosaurs, an enormous, lavishly illustrated encyclopedia of all things pterosaur.
My plan was to get something else finished for Tet Zoo before Christmas but, alas, that just wasn’t possible. So here’s this… And for those of you who want to see more detail, here are enlarged versions… And for all of you Squamozoic fans who need a labelled version… For more on the Squamozoic go [...]
For some considerable time now, there have been rumours of an incredible zoological discovery: a new species of living perissodactyl a tapir due to be announced from the Amazon.
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.
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.
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