Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for December, 2007

Get ready for 2008: Year Of The Frog

It’s hardly a secret that I’ve had a bit of a thing going for frogs and toads – anurans – during the latter part of 2007 (the anuran series has so far consisted of part I, part II, part III, part IV, part V, part VI, and part VII). While the whole exercise was a…

One last thing before Tet Zoo closes down for Christmas but, don’t worry, this isn’t anything I’ve knocked up specially… due to an unfortunate series of misunderstandings it’s something I produced ‘by mistake’ and have since decided to recycle. Hey, why not. Ironically, I post it just when I’m in the middle of two other…

Extinct Cuban canids and Darwin’s fox

Thanks to everyone for their comments on the previous article about island-endemic otters and canids. I was going to add a brief response to the comments section, but eventually the comments reached the length you see here, hence my decision to turn them into a brief article…

Islands of otters and strange foxes

Some people who come to Tet Zoo seem to absolutely despise all those annoying teasers, preemptives and references to things that are yet to come. Others regard these as one of Tet Zoo’s key points of awesomeness. Whatever, I am pleased to say that I congratulate you all on your patience and tolerance, for there…

Britain: wildlife theme-park

Over the weekend Neil Phillips, Richard Hing, Jonathan McGowan and I went into the field, in quest of tetrapods (Jon and Neil are shown in the adjacent image, as are other mammals). And we saw a bunch. In an effort to produce a post that is essentially an excuse to showcase some of Neil’s photos…

Christmas cheer at Tet Zoo

If you’re on my hallowed List of Correspondents you’ll already have received the image here as an attachment (and at slightly higher resolution: email me if you want a higher-res version). For the other several thousand of you, happy Christmas and all that. I’ve never been one to bother with paper Christmas cards, so the…

The Cumnor monster mandible

What with yesterday’s Simolestes picture-of-the-day article I couldn’t resist but using – at last – this picture. It was taken by Mark Witton at the Oxford University Museum and depicts the immense pliosaur mandible OUM J.10454, a specimen that comes from the Kimmeridge Clay of Cumnor, Oxfordshire, and was acquired by the museum some time…

Voracious snub-nosed robber

For shame, I have yet to cover Mesozoic marine reptiles in depth here at Tet Zoo: in another effort to bring balance, I here depict a skull of the awesome Jurassic pliosaur Simolestes vorax Andrews, 1909. The name means something like ‘voracious snub-nosed robber’. This essentially complete skull, discovered with much of the rest of…

Really: photos of the Loch Ness monster

In, as usual, a desperate effort to bring in the hits, I thought I’d go nuts and see what posting about the Loch Ness monster might do for my stats. Hey, maybe I could throw the word sex in there as well. There: sex, there, I said it again. But seriously… anyone who’s anyone has…

You can knock it You can rock it You can go to Timbuktu But you’ll never find a nessie in the zoo You may see an anaconda, or giraffe and kangaroo But you’ll never see a nessie in a zoo More soon, really. For now, I’m afraid all you get is this poxy teaser post……