Hummingbird assortment, from Haeckel's 1904 _Kunstformen der Natur_. From wikipedia. Hummingbirds are among the weirdest birds of them all. You already have a rough idea of how weird they are – there’s that hovering and humming, oh, and nectar-eating (or nectarivory).
I’m not just interested in ‘wild’ animals – I also think domesticated animals are fascinating. After all, my general philosophy is that there’s no such thing as a boring tetrapod.
Our efforts to get analyses of cryptozoological data into the technical, peer-reviewed literature continue, with the ‘our’ being myself, Michael Woodley and Cameron McCormick (aka Lord Geekington).
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.
Dinosaurs at SVPCA - no Mesozoic non-avialan theropods, thank you very much - and what about those marine reptiles?
The venue: the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Yes, that's a Spitfire. In the previous article I penned various of my thoughts on the 59 th SVPCA (= Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology & Comparative Anatomy), this year held at Lyme Regis in Dorset.
Vertebrate palaeontology at Lyme Regis: of `All Yesterdays', the `Leathery Winged Revolution', and Planet Dinosaur
If you’ve been wondering, Tet Zoo isn’t dead (as you might guess by the fact that Tet Zoo ver 3 has slipped way down the ratings over at Nature Blog Network).
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).
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.
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.
Don't worry about the small size of that cladogram; a larger version is included below. Western leopard toad photo by Serban Proches, Common European toad by Accipiter.
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