Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for May, 2008

So, was it really ‘the best conference of all time’? Hmm, maybe, but it was excellent and all went well (more or less). On May 6th and 7th I attended ‘Dinosaurs (and other extinct saurians) – A Historical Perspective’, a meeting featuring a packed schedule of talks and posters devoted to Mesozoic fossil reptiles and…

California’s declining frogs

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that 2008 is Year of the Frog (more here), and that several projects – including Amphibian Ark and EDGE – are working to try and save endangered frog and toad species before they become extinct. We need to do all we can to continue to drum…

I’ll be back

Ok, signing off for a while now. Among other things, the above will get discussed when I get back: the image on the right (from here) might look somewhat, err, ‘inspired’ if you’re familiar with the original produced by Mark Witton (see here and here). So long for now. Oh, actually, one last thing…

Yesterday, my colleague Anthony Butcher (who shares my office at UoP.. but, alas, works on Palaeozoic microfossils called chitinozoans) was driving out of our carpark when he realised that the grey object he had driven past on the pavement was a sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, plucking the pigeon it had just killed. He reversed, held his…

Do short titles really work?

This is not a world of reality TV, fashion, big-screen sport and daily newspapers, but one covered in seas, mountains, forests, ferns, beetles, frogs and birds – get out there and look at it. The good thing about living in a country with a depauperate herpetofauna is that you can go out on a day…