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Archives for December, 2007

Australia, land of placentals (part II)

I’d like to talk about the filming of long-eared jerboas Euchoreutes naso (after all, I covered them on ver 1 back here), about the reclassification of Brontornis (again, covered on Tet Zoo ver 1 here), about Aaron Filler’s new paper on bipedality in hominoids (see the PLoS pdf here), and about astrapotheres, swimming giraffes, Loch…

Australia, land of placentals (part I)

We are surrounded by annoying misconceptions about the diversity of animal life. For me, one of the most annoying and persistent of these is the idea that… drumroll… Australia is a ‘land of marsupials’ where – bar humans and introduced species like dingoes and rabbits – placental mammals have no presence. Well, it just ain’t…

If you read the ceratosaurid article from yesterday (here), you’ll understand what’s going on here. I drew it in a diary in 1992 (specifically, on Wednesday 29th April 1992, the day I learnt that Toby the cat had died, and also the day on which the borg [of Star Trek: The Next Generation] made their…

One of my most favourite dinosaurs has always been Ceratosaurus but, given that I mostly work on Lower Cretaceous dinosaurs, I’ve never had the chance to look at it much (Ceratosaurus is Upper Jurassic). Imagine my surprise then when, during a recent visit to Glasgow (Scotland), I was confronted with a complete mounted (replica) skeleton…

Congratulations Dr Blanchard

Specializing on locomotor ecology*, my good, long-standing friend Mary Blanchard of the University of Liverpool’s Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology has been spending a lot of time on Madagascar over the past several years, and has been looking at a lot of wild lemurs. She has studied the ecology of wild indris Indri…

We returned late last night: it was a journey involving koalas, Pallas’ cat and Asian golden cat, wolverines, rhinos, anteaters, Ceratosaurus, a toy armadillo, and yet again those bloody ichthyosaurs. Thanks to those who’ve been leaving comments in my absence, I’ll address some of the points in due course. Anyway.. so, Tet Zoo has recently…