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.
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.
Top left: Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) (by wollombi, from wikipedia), a phalanger. Top right: Red kangaroo (Macropus rufus). Bottom: Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo (by Richard Ashurst).
While on fieldwork recently, I got to see something that I considered pretty remarkable. A series of loud, weird shrieks alerted us to the presence of a large mammal.
Thanks to everyone who had a go at identifying the ‘mystery object’ I was recently photographed holding. Obviously, said object is an antler. So, well done if you got that bit right.
Dear readers: please try and identify the mystery object I’m holding (I’m the large object on the right, with the glasses). You only get points for being as specific as possible.
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