I'm still not sure whether I blog about Mesozoic archosaurs - specifically dinosaurs and pterosaurs - too often, or too infrequently. As I always say, the problem as I see it is that dinosaurs and pterosaurs have so much presence in the blogosphere that writing about them always feels like jumping on a bandwagon.
Regular readers of Tet Zoo will be familiar with two topics I’ve covered on and off over the years: azhdarchid pterosaurs, and palaeoart memes.
I’d like to talk to you about the recently announced ‘Yeti DNA’ discovery just featured on British television; I’d like to talk to you about tail feathers in Cretaceous maniraptoran dinosaurs (O’Connor et al.
Its January 21st, meaning that, once again, a year has passed and that much-loved internet phenomenon known at Tetrapod Zoology is fully one year older.
Over the past several years, I and colleagues have aimed to improve our knowledge of the Late Cretaceous fauna of the Haţeg Island, a landmass that corresponds to modern-day Romania. This work is led by the Transylvanian Museum Society’s Mátyás Vremir and the University of Bucharest’s Zoltán Csiki-Sava and involves researchers based in the UK and USA as well as Romania. We’ve found a lot of new stuff in the field, much of it at localities discovered within recent years by Mátyás. Our work has involved azhdarchid pterosaurs (Vremir et al. 2013, 2015), archaic birds and related theropods (Dyke et al. 2012, Cau et al. 2015), turtles (Dyke et al. 2015), and there are in-prep projects on multituberculate mammals, crocodyliforms and lizards.
A few short weeks ago the.... umm... fifth (I think) international pterosaur meeting was held. It was hosted by my alma mater the University of Portsmouth, was run by Dave Martill, Richard Hing and colleagues, and was attended by a great crowd of international pterosaur workers. In previous years I’ve written about at least two pterosaur-themed meetings (see links below), and I aim here to discuss just a few of the subjects covered at this latest meeting.
New Books on Dinosaurs 1: Matthew P. Martyniuk's Beasts of Antiquity: Stem-Birds in the Solnhofen Limestone
Recent months have seen the publication of several new dinosaur-themed books, and in this and several future articles I want to share brief thoughts on them.
This isn’t a normal scheduled blog post; instead, it concerns some announcements. Firstly, TetZooCon – the first ever Tetrapod Zoology Convention – is go.
Hannah Bonner is an illustrator who is creating an empire of informative, entertaining kids’ books about paleontology. They remind me of The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole: real science conveyed with a wacky sense of humor.
I assume youre here for the Tetrapod Zoology. If so, youll have been excited and intrigued by one of 2013s best tetrapod-themed books: Mark Wittons Pterosaurs, an enormous, lavishly illustrated encyclopedia of all things pterosaur.
Were azhdarchid pterosaurs really terrestrial stalkers? The evidence says yes, yes they (probably) were
Regular Tet Zoo readers will be familiar with azhdarchid pterosaurs and the debate thats surrounded their ecology and behaviour. Within recent decades, these remarkable, often gigantic, long-necked, long-billed but proportionally short-winged toothless Cretaceous pterosaurs have been imagined as mega-skimmers, as heron-like waders, as obligate scavengers of dinosaur carcasses, and even as sandpiper-like littoral foragers.
New analysis shows that some of these amazing flying beasts were far more formidable than we'd ever thought before...