Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for March, 2008

Return from Tropiquaria

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll be saying it again: one of the best ways to invigorate your enthusiasm about a subject is to attend a conference on it, and to spend at least a couple of days talking with other people about that subject. I’ve (more or less) just returned from the…

Congratulations are in order: well done Dave Hughes, David Marjanovi? and Allen Hazen in particular. No, the creature shown yesterday is not a squabrat from The Dark Crystal (if there is such a thing), Romer’s hellasaur, an old picture of a colugo, a proto-bat, proto-pterosaur, arboreal theropod, antiquated archaeopterygid, tree shrew, climbing duck-possum, arboreal gorgonopsian,…

Yes yes, well done (almost) everyone: yesterday’s so-called mystery picture was indeed of a takin calf Budorcas taxicolor, and yes it’s the offspring of the individuals that I was talking about seeing at Marwell Zoological Park back in 2006. This particular photo was taken by Graeme Elliott (I think)…

A bizarre unidentified ungulate

You all love the ‘identify the mystery animal’ posts so much I thought I’d produce a whole string of them. Minimum effort, maximum result (‘min eff, max res’, as I always say). Go go go!!

Planet Earth is rubbish

I spent much of my Saturday doing an interesting thing. Together with another 30 or so people, I went along to my local nature reserve (Chessel Bay Nature Reserve, Southampton) and took part in an effort to clear the shore of its tons upon tons of human crap. Unsatisfied with our constant use of resources,…