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...
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)...
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...
Time to finish up on those fantastic vombatiforms. Be sure to read part I first. In part I, we looked at koalas and marsupial lions, both of which seem to be outside Vombatoidea, the vombatiform clade that includes wombats and the superficially wombat-like, mostly terrestrial diprotodontids and kin...
That recent article on tree-kangaroos really brought home to me just how little marsupial-themed information I’ve published here on Tet Zoo. This marsupial drought really isn’t deliberate, since I find marsupials among the most fascinating of mammals...
If you’re interested in the wildlife of the past – particularly in the many varied reptiles of the Mesozoic Era – then you’re surely already a big fan of the Triassic, the stage of Earth history that extended from 250 to 200 million years ago...
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...
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