Finally, I have in my possession a copy of English Wealden Fossils , the massive, significant and long-awaited new volume published by the Palaeontological Association as part of its Field Guide to Fossils series (this is number 14 in the series).
Ok, in keeping with what I said in the previous article (the review of Gerhard Maier’s African Dinosaurs Unearthed ), here’s the second of those reviews on “outstanding new volumes ...
Over the past few years, three really outstanding new volumes have been published on the history of Mesozoic dinosaur research and discovery. I’ve been able to read and review all of these works and have really enjoyed doing so.
As you'll know if you've been following Tet Zoo for any length of time, I've been slowly working my way through the toads of the world for the past few years - yes, all of them, more or less.
I’ve recently been reading Stephen Spawls’s Sun, Sand & Snakes , a 1979 volume that charts Spawls’s childhood interest in snakes and other reptiles and recounts his numerous japes and scrapes with local, east African herpetofauna.
Our modern understanding of Spinosaurus, the largest known theropod (perhaps 18 m long). A long-jawed predator with retracted nostrils, a bony cranial crest and massive thumb claws.
Back in 2009 University of California Press (in the USA) and A & C Black (in the UK) published my The Great Dinosaur Discoveries (GDD from hereon), a lavishly illustrated volume that takes the reader through the history of dinosaur science [US edition shown here; UK edition shown below].
The use of animals in military ceremony and warfare has always interested me. On a trip to Cardiff (Wales) in 2010 I encountered the stuffed Qatar goat Billy of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
As you read this, I’m away (at the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting, in Las Vegas)*. As usual when I’m away, the plan is to have articles set to self-publish during my absence.
Palorchestids (= 'marsupial tapirs'), as illustrated by Frank Knight for the 1985 book Kadimakara: Extinct Vertebrates of Australia. Time to finish up on those fantastic vombatiforms.
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