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Archives for June, 2008

On Menlung Glacier in 1951

A very famous image, and you probably know what it is. But – really.. look at it very closely, what is it really? No, this is not a trick question: I’m just proposing that people really look in detail at all of its features. More terror birds soon, also tree-climbing dinosaurs, the last anurans, squirrels,…

You’ll recall me saying recently that 2007 was a good year for publications on phorusrhacids, aka terror birds. And as I discussed in the previous post, one of the most interesting contentions made about phorusrhacids last year was that one of the most remarkable members of the group (super-robust Brontornis from the Miocene) is actually…

It is still Year of the Frog

Contrary to plans (you know how it is), I haven’t had time to finish the phorusrhacid theme I started on Tuesday. Because it’s important to keep it in mind, I feel we need a reminder about the fact that 2008 is Year of the Frog, and hats off to Carel for discussing this recently, and…

Actually, given that they’ve been extinct for quite some time now, 2007 wasn’t really a particularly good year for either terror birds, aka phorusrhacids, or for mega-ducks (on which read on), but it was a pretty good year in terms of the new material that was published on them. Phorusrhacids were covered a few times…

One of the greatest fallacies held about evolutionary theory is that fossils are essential in demonstrating the existence of change (don’t believe me? Look at ‘creation science’ books like Duane Gish’s Evolution: the Challenge of the Fossil Record and Evolution: the Fossils Say No!). Of course, fossils do indeed show how characters were accrued and…

If you’re a blogger, then you choose when and how often you blog, what you blog about, and even whether you blog at all. There’s no pressure, do what the hell you like. I’ve always been determined not to do stuff on Tet Zoo that I don’t want to. No participation in pointless, boring memes…

Where pterosaurs are made

Only time right now for one of those brief Dave Hone-inspired Tet Zoo picture of the day posts (or TZPOTDPs, yeah), and what with all the azhdarchoid news lately (Lü et al. 2008, Witton & Naish 2008) it’s only fitting that we have more pterosaurs. Here’s a photo I took back in the days of…

Here at Tet Zoo we’ve looked at lake monsters on a couple of occasions now: at alleged Nessie photos here, and at the sad death of the Lake Khaiyr monster here. For a while I’ve been planning to add to this list, and to write about one of the most famous, most iconic lake monster…

Aetogate: so where are we now?

The silence must have been deafening. As – hopefully – everybody knows, during 2007 Spencer Lucas and colleagues at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) were charged with intellectual theft, of pre-empting the writings of colleagues, and of publishing on material without getting an OK from those based at the repository…