Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for June, 2007

Like plethodontid salamanders, Wealden dinosaurs, and rhinogradentians, the remarkably successful and diverse tetrapods known as temnospondyls have been riding the Tet Zoo wagon right since the earliest posts of ver 1. But, to my shame, I’ve never gotten round to completing one of the ten or so posts that I plan to publish on them.…

Mystery of the Erongo carcass

Many, many thanks to everyone who took the time to think about, and comment on, the Erongo carcass (featured on Tet Zoo yesterday). As you might know if you checked the news article, this naturally mummified carcass was discovered in 2002 (or so) in a cave in the Erongo Mountains, Namibia. Local people were unable…

Tet Zoo picture of the day # 18

Another mystery photo for everyone to guess at. And in fact this specimen isn’t just any old dead animal…

During recent weeks, I’ve written on a couple of occasions about my intention to get through the list of long-promised and nearly-finished articles: they include Amazing social life of the green iguana, Beluwhals and proto-narwhals, more on sebecosuchians, Triassic crurotarsans, Whence the onza, vampire pterosaurs, Piltdown, What did a dinoceratan do, astrapotheres and pyrotheres, tortoises…

Tet Zoo picture of the day # 17

Given all the fun that everyone had recently with the Southern sea lion skull, I thought you’d all enjoy the chance to have a go with another specimen. This one’s a lot easier, no prizes for getting it right. Let battle commence! PS – yesterday’s artice on sea lions was ver 2’s 100th entry –…

Well done and many thanks to everyone who tried identifying the mystery skull published on the blog yesterday. And as several people correctly worked out…

Tet Zoo picture of the day # 16

I can’t see that I’m going to have the chance today to post an article, so here’s another picture. Sorry it’s not the best photo in the world. But the question is…

In an effort to get through all the blog posts I’ve started but have yet to finish, I thought I may as well start with this one on, of course, plethodontid salamanders (aka lungless salamanders). It started life as part of the same article as the ver 1 post here: this was essentially an introduction…

Tet Zoo picture of the day # 15

Among the most surreal snakes are (in my opinion) the turtle-headed sea snakes, or Aipysurus-group hydrophiids…

The gigantic mystery coelurosaur alluded to here in one of the ornithomimosaur articles – yes, you heard it here first – has at last been published, and it is an immense long-legged oviraptorosaur, as big as a tyrannosaur. But it is just one of three fantastic new discoveries from the world of dinosaurs that, sorry,…