Having just covered Mesozoic marine reptiles, and seeing as I can’t find the time to finish anything more substantial, it seems like a good time to use these wonderful images, passed to me by a correspondent.
The gigantic, shark-toothed, small-flippered, long-bodied, sea-going predatory lizard that is Hainosaurus
Life restoration of Hainosaurus bernardi, by Dmitry Bogdanov. Long-time readers will know that I’ve been involved in a great long list of failed book projects.
It’s funny how things work out. We looked recently at a ‘mystery’ whale carcass from Baja California. As explained here, it turned out to be a Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus .
Photo by Douglas Eernisse, University of California (Santa Cruz). Thanks to everyone who had a go at identifying the Baja California whale carcass.
Paul (2010): cover of the A & C Black edition. Greg Paul is an independent researcher who specialises on dinosaurs; he’s well known for his popular articles and books and his technical papers, but in particular for his hugely influential artwork.
We all love identifying – or, trying to identify – weird carcasses. Back in December 2011, marine biologist and world chiton expert Douglas Eernisse of the University of California (Santa Cruz) sent me the series of photos you see here and below.
Williams and Lang s Australian Big Cats: do pumas, giant feral cats and mystery marsupials stalk the Australian outback?
Virtually all people interested in animals are aware of the so-called ‘mystery big cat’ phenomenon. Large, often black, cats are reported with apparent frequency from the eastern USA and the UK.
I’m feeling on a roll with the obscure colubrid snakes, so here are some more (see the previous article if you feel like you need an introduction). Again, the photos are used with kind permission of Bangor University’s Wolfgang Wüster unless stated otherwise.
By night, I work as a technical research scientist, writer of papers and so on, but by day I walk the beaches of the world, looking for partially decomposed mystery carcasses and identifying them.
Image by Keiko Sekiguchi, from Abe et al. (2012). Neat observations are published on animals all the time. Many are relatively mundane, or are additional records of things we already know about.
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