Among the most popular of areas I’ve covered on Tet Zoo ver 2 has been speculative zoology. Those of you who know the articles in question (go here) might recall Steve White’s picture of future animals, which I’m posting here again. I’ve recently learnt that Steve now has his own blog, Thunderlizard, and in this article he explains some of the thinking behind the animals in the piece. I must elaborate on my own contribution some time: surely you all want to hear more about the future evolution of eusocial miniaturised naked mole rats. I blame Chris Lavers (see Lavers 2001)…
The finches are there because of an idea (formerly semi-popular but not heard so widely today) that House finches Carpodacus mexicanus were going to take over the world, replacing native passerines and thereby flattening out the diversity gradient.
Anyway, while I’ve posted the picture before, I couldn’t resist doing it again: I hope that’s ok Steve. Steve has also used his blog to showcase various others of his pieces, including those depicting fossil sharks, Pleistocene megafauna, and more.
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Lavers, C. P. 2001. Why Elephants Have Big Ears. Phoenix, London.