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Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

Of vole plagues and hip glands

Of vole plagues and hip glands

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.

January 1, 2014 — Darren Naish
A Squamotastic Christmas at Tet Zoo

A Squamotastic Christmas at Tet Zoo

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 [...]

December 21, 2013 — Darren Naish
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

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Beyond XX and XY

Biology. Identity. Equality.