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.
A Smyth's water snake (Grayia smythii), photographed in the Congo. Image courtesy Kate Jackson. I really like finding out about, and writing about, obscure tetrapods.
More stuff from 2011: pregnant plesiosaurs, gekkotans, books, crocodyliforms. Welcome to part II of my ‘review of the year’/Happy 6 th Birthday Tet Zoo stuff.
Montage of assorted things from the previous year of blogging. Passerine phylogeny, flightless ibises, ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaurs, books. Click to enlarge.
Sorry for the silence here at Tet Zoo - Eotyrannus is keeping me busy, and no time for blog-writing. In desperation, I wanted to share this, originally posted on ver 2 in 2009.
Those of you who read the recent Tet Zoo article on The Second International Workshop on Sauropod Biology and Gigantism may have been wondering about the odd picture I showed in one of the slides of my talk.
An average day in the Mesozoic. This >definitely< happened! Illustration by Luis Rey. And the ornithodiran biology fest hasn’t stopped yet… I still need to finish up on the events of the sauropod biology workshop, the three-day meeting held in December 2011 at the University of Bonn, Germany.
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