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Fabulous Crested Indian Wild Pigs

The Indian wild pig looks about ‘different enough’ from other wild pigs that it was originally (in 1839) described as a distinct species, but no more

December 10, 2015 — Darren Naish

The Turcana and Other Valachians

I'm about as interested in domestic animals as I am in non-domesticated ones. Sheep of various kinds have been discussed on Tet Zoo a few times, and right now I want to say a few brief things about a breed I recently saw on several occasions in Romania - the Turcana or Tsurcana, a highly [...]

April 12, 2015 — Darren Naish

The Tet Zoo Guide to Gazelle Camels

Some of you will know that I'm putting together a giant textbook on the vertebrate fossil record… and, oh god, it isn't easy. If you want sneak-peeks on how things are going, please consider supporting me at my patreon page.

February 27, 2015 — Darren Naish
Confrontational behaviour and bipedality in deer

Confrontational behaviour and bipedality in deer

I've said it before and I'll say it again: one of the most familiar and frequently encountered of mammal groups (at least, to those of us in Eurasia and parts of the Americas) - DEER - are weird and fascinating when you get to know them.

December 15, 2014 — Darren Naish

Reasons for really liking wildebeest

There are lots of reasons for liking wildebeest… or gnus. For me, the main one comes from the fact that they are insanely flamboyant in appearance.

February 26, 2014 — Darren Naish

5 Neat Things about Warthog Skeletons

Warthogs are African members of the pig family, famous for their long, upcurved tusks and facial ‘warts’. They are mostly naked-skinned, possess a dorsal crest that’s longest over the neck and shoulders, and are specialised grazers that ‘kneel’ on their wrists in order to bring the mouth close to the ground. As much as I’d like the talk about warthogs at length, we’re here because of the skeleton and, specifically, just a few things about it...

May 22, 2015 — Darren Naish

Duikers once more

Time for another classic from the archives. This article originally appeared on Tet Zoo ver 2 back in August 2008 (my god… about six years ago), and appears here in tweaked, updated form.

June 30, 2014 — Darren Naish

South America's very many remarkable deer

Deer are strongly associated with Eurasia and North America and less so with the other regions of the world. In this brief article - part of which is an excerpt from my 2013 article on the conservation status of South American mammals (Naish 2013) - I'm going to say a few things about the deer [...]

November 26, 2014 — Darren Naish

The Pronghorn Antelope: Designed by Committee

So much for posting more on ratites - alas, I just haven't had time to finish the next article. Inspired by an article recently published by my friend and homeboy Brian Switek, I thought it time to republish this 2010 article.

March 25, 2014 — Darren Naish