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Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

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

Big birds in the Cretaceous of Central Asia: say hello to Samrukia

Two possible body shapes for the new bird - read on. Images by John Conway. It’s not uncommon in palaeontology to discover isolated, even fragmentary, specimens that seem not only to represent new species, but also to tell you a lot of interesting stuff.

August 9, 2011 — Darren Naish

In pursuit of Romanian frogs (part III: brown frogs)

An Agile frog Rana dalmatina, encountered in damp woodland at Râpa Rosie, Romania. Note the pointed snout and the extremely long, slender hindlimbs. Time to look at more of the frogs I encountered in Romania.

August 4, 2011 — Darren Naish

Sunbathing birds

Sunbathing passerines. Top to bottom: Greater necklacked laughingthrush, Snowy-crowned robin-chat, and Superb starling. Starling photo by Michael O’Sullivan.

August 1, 2011 — Darren Naish

Dryosaurids 101

Dryosaurus, here pursued by the theropod Ceratosaurus. From wikipedia. For no particular reason, I decided today to tweak text that originally appeared in the 2001 book Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight (Naish & Martill 2001) .

July 27, 2011 — Darren Naish

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