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Tetrapod Zoology

Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

20-chromosome toads

Guttural toads; photo by Petra Karstedt, from wikipedia. More toads! (for previous articles in the series – required reading if you’re really interested – see the links below).

September 12, 2011 — Darren Naish

Frankly, cattle are awesome

I’ve written about cattle – living and fossil – at least a few times on Tet Zoo (see links below). What a fascinating and awesome assemblage of mammalian herbivores.

September 8, 2011 — Darren Naish

Obscure, extravagant tropical crows

House crow (at left) by Priyanka Bansal; Tufted jay (at right) by Pete Morris. The word ‘crow’ typically conjures up an image of a reasonable large, typically black, typically unadorned passerine bird.

September 3, 2011 — Darren Naish

Inside Nature's Giants... series 3! Camel!!

Composite image by Mike P. Taylor, showing camel neck skeleton in (at top) a non-extreme pose easily adopted in the live animal, (at middle) the pose frequently depicted in museum mounts, and (at bottom) the pose that results if you reconstruct 'neutral pose'.

August 30, 2011 — Darren Naish

Dead animals at the roadside

It’s a sad fact of modern life that thousands of animals of all different kinds get killed on roads every year following collisions with motor vehicles.

August 29, 2011 — Darren Naish

Those giant killer pigs from hell aren't pigs

Whatever noises it made, I bet they were scary. If you’ve been with Tet Zoo since the early days, you’ll have seen this image before – and, even if you haven’t seen it on Tet Zoo you might have seen it anyway, since everyone loves this model and it’s mentioned just about any time that entelodonts are.

August 25, 2011 — Darren Naish

Why putting your hand in a peccary's mouth is a really bad idea

Collared peccary with open mouth. Check out those canines. You’ll be familiar with peccaries, of course. They’re pig-shaped, shaggy-coated artiodactyls endemic to southern North America, Central America and South America.

August 23, 2011 — Darren Naish

A day at London's Grant Museum of Zoology

Some weeks months ago – my god, it was back in early May – John Conway and I made a special trip to London’s Grant Museum of Zoology. The Grant is a teaching college, part of University College London, and home to about 67000 zoological specimens.

August 17, 2011 — Darren Naish

Prediction confirmed: plesiosaurs were viviparous

Regular readers will know that I often avoid discussing new palaeontological discoveries at Tet Zoo, the exceptions being those in which I was personally involved (hmm).

August 12, 2011 — Darren Naish

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