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Tetrapod Zoology

Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

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

In pursuit of Romanian frogs (part I: Bombina)

A fairly dark Yellow-bellied toad. I recently spent a bit of time in Romania, working with colleagues in an effort to find new Cretaceous reptile fossils.

July 16, 2011 — Darren Naish

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