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.
Like a lot of people interested in birds and weird animals in general, I have a great love of the Hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazin (yes, the binomial name does not have the same spelling as the vernacular one).
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.
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