Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for March, 2007

One last post on British felids, and if you’re bored or uninterested in cats.. well, sorry. Rhinogradentians next (though with a nod to Cretaceous zygodactyl birds, burrowing ornithopods, prosauropods, and the new azhdarchoid pterosaurs that Dave Martill and Mark Witton showed me today). Anyway, in the previous post on the mastiff cat hypothesis I included…

The mastiff cat hypothesis

In the previous post I discussed some of the interesting goings-on that happened at the 1st Annual Big Cats in Britain Conference, held at Hull between the 23rd and 25th March. If you found any of the stuff I covered interesting, then you’ll be pleased and (hopefully) intrigued to know that I didn’t even get…

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: we live in exciting times. When new Cretaceous theropod dinosaurs and bizarre fossil lizards come out of the woodwork thick and fast; when highly obscure, recently discovered birds are relocated or reported for just the second or third time; and when new technology and forms of…

Well, holy crap. Want to have your enthusiasm for a certain subject invigorated? Then attend a conference; preferably one that features amazing new data, unbelievably cool new video clips, valuable discussion of new ideas and sharing of concepts, is attended by the great majority of active people in the field, and – best of all…

In Maple White Land on March 14th

Tomorrow morning I leave for that conference. One last thing before I go…

War rhinos

So, at last, it’s that war rhinos post you’ve all been waiting for…

War rhinos (teaser)

Everybody’s talking about it: that most controversial of ideas… were rhinos ever used in warfare? Sure, you’ve seen armoured war elephants, but what about armoured war rhinos? Well, there’s good news, and there’s bad news. Stay tuned, for all will be revealed. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you might need to…

The pigeon in the fireplace

At 12:30am this morning, as I lay on the settee watching Walking With Monsters on the UK History channel, there came an almighty series of loud noises from the fireplace. Like most British homes these days, we retain an open chimney, but the fireplace it’s connected to is sealed over with a metal plate. A…

Readers in the UK might be aware of Primeval, an ITV drama series featuring a time portal that connects the present day with the past. The main premise of the series seems to be that various animals from the past – including a pareiasaur, a gorgonopsian, dodos, a mosasaur, pterosaurs and some giant arthropods –…

The naming of any new large mammal species is always an exciting event, and within the past few days you’ve probably heard much in the news about the formal recognition of a new species of extant big cat: the Indonesian clouded leopard Neofelis diardi (that’s not its formal common name by the way, but it’ll…