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The Crowing crested cobra

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...

November 21, 2011 — Darren Naish

The discovery and early interpretation of Spinosaurus

In the interests of recycling unused bits of text (another recurrent theme here at Tet Zoo), the recent article on The Great Dinosaur Discoveries prompted me to dig out and recycle the draft text I wrote on Spinosaurus , and here it is (now with citations added)...

November 16, 2011 — Darren Naish

What they re saying about The Great Dinosaur Discoveries

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]...

November 14, 2011 — Darren Naish

The noble tradition of military goats

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...

November 11, 2011 — Darren Naish

The `Tree-Kangaroos Come First' hypothesis

One of my favourite groups of marsupials are the wonderful tree-kangaroos. There are presently ten recognised tree-kangaroo species; they occur exclusively on New Guinea, Umboi, New Britain and north-east Queensland (and it’s generally thought that they were introduced to Umboi by humans).Tree-kangaroos first became known to Europeans in 1826 when crew of the Dutch sailing ship The Triton collected four ‘wangoerie’ specimens (kept as pets by local people) from the north coast of New Guinea...

October 17, 2011 — Darren Naish

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