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Tetrapod Zoology

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinct

Mystery mammal, badly photographed

Mystery mammal, badly photographed

Play the game and see if you can identify the mammal shown here. The photo’s a bit rubbish, but that’s deliberate in order to make this more of a challenge.

September 24, 2011 — Darren Naish
20-chromosome toads

20-chromosome toads

Guttural toads; photo by Petra Karstedt, from wikipedia. More toads! (for previous articles in the series – required reading if you’re really interested – see the links below).

September 12, 2011 — Darren Naish
Frankly, cattle are awesome

Frankly, cattle are awesome

I’ve written about cattle – living and fossil – at least a few times on Tet Zoo (see links below). What a fascinating and awesome assemblage of mammalian herbivores.

September 8, 2011 — Darren Naish
Obscure, extravagant tropical crows

Obscure, extravagant tropical crows

House crow (at left) by Priyanka Bansal; Tufted jay (at right) by Pete Morris. The word ‘crow’ typically conjures up an image of a reasonable large, typically black, typically unadorned passerine bird.

September 3, 2011 — Darren Naish
Inside Nature's Giants... series 3! Camel!!

Inside Nature's Giants... series 3! Camel!!

Composite image by Mike P. Taylor, showing camel neck skeleton in (at top) a non-extreme pose easily adopted in the live animal, (at middle) the pose frequently depicted in museum mounts, and (at bottom) the pose that results if you reconstruct 'neutral pose'.

August 30, 2011 — Darren Naish
Dead animals at the roadside

Dead animals at the roadside

It’s a sad fact of modern life that thousands of animals of all different kinds get killed on roads every year following collisions with motor vehicles.

August 29, 2011 — Darren Naish
Those giant killer pigs from hell aren't pigs

Those giant killer pigs from hell aren't pigs

Whatever noises it made, I bet they were scary. If you’ve been with Tet Zoo since the early days, you’ll have seen this image before – and, even if you haven’t seen it on Tet Zoo you might have seen it anyway, since everyone loves this model and it’s mentioned just about any time that entelodonts are.

August 25, 2011 — Darren Naish

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