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Archives for September, 2007

SVPCA 2007: dinosaurs attack

How did the centenary workshop on mammal bone identification go, I hear you cry? It went very well, thank you very much. Anyway, as promised here are more of various recollections from the 55th SVPCA, held at the University of Glasgow between August 29th and September 1st. For previous of my thoughts visit part I…

Tet Zoo picture of the day # 28

No time for nothing today, sorry. In desperation, I thought I’d blog a photo of a bronze hippo. Here it is. SVPCA part II next, then Becklespinax and Valdoraptor, then cryptozoology conference stuff (think monster pigeons and assorted other obscure extinct island-endemic giants), then Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered amphibians. Then red panda empire, Australia…

Pentaceratops: that’s quite the skull

Having spent the better part of the day recovering from the birthday celebrations of last night (and working, of course), I regret that I haven’t had the time to post any of the promised articles (more SVPCA stuff to come next). So here’s a picture of the day: it depicts the incredible mounted Pentaceratops sternbergii…

Hell yes: Komodo dragons!!!

Without doubt, one of the coolest living animals on the planet is the Komodo dragon Varanus komodoensis, a giant flesh-eating lizard that kills water buffalo, eats children, harbours noxious oral bacteria and is impervious to bullets (ok, I made that last bit up)…

So I’ve done the pterosaur meeting; now you all know all about it. But what about the 55th Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, held at the University of Glasgow between August 29th and September 1st, and described for some reason as ‘The best conference ever’, I hear you cry? After much deliberation I…

It’s my birthday this week (the 26th), so how timely that that most long-awaited of books – Tom Holtz and Luis Rey’s Dinosaurs should arrive this morning (Holtz 2007). This huge, lavishly illustrated work – it’s one of those volumes that will get called ‘the ultimate dinosaur book’ a lot – has been in the…

If I hadn’t spent so much time yesterday socialising and celebrating Will’s 6th birthday, then this post – the third part in my series on the events of the Wellnhofer pterosaur meeting (part I here, part II here) – might have been finished earlier. Oh well, priorities and all that. Before I start: I assume…

On to more of my thoughts about the outstanding Wellnhofer pterosaur meeting, held at the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (Bavarian State Palaeontological Collection – BSPG) in Munich last week. For part I go here, and for initial thoughts on what a neat conference it was go here. For those of you wondering (and…

It could look a giraffe in the eyes

The day-job, a dinner date, a committee meeting, and some work identifying Tanzanian reptiles from photos means that I don’t have time to post more conference thoughts on the blog today. In, as always, an effort to keep hits coming in (remember: visit, visit, and visit again), I’ll therefore default to the ‘picture of the…

The Wellnhofer pterosaur meeting, part I

I’ve caught up on my sleep; I’ve watched the Star Wars trilogy and The Wicker Man; I’ve listened to at least one Kate Bush album (well, two.. ok, three); and I’ve spent an appropriate amount of time catching up with my family (on Sunday we went to Longleat Safari Park). While it’s true that I…