Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for October, 2008

Terrestrial elapids, take 2

You might not believe me if I told you how much stuff I have going on right now. In, as ever, an effort to put at least something new on the blog, here’s a pretty picture taken from a talk I give (or gave) on marine reptiles. Alas, I have yet to finish the Tet…

An American tyrant in London

I was going to title this post ‘How a tyrannosaur was mounted’, or ‘How to mount a tyrannosaur’, but that seemed childish. Eventually I went for a title based on a movie, as that isn’t at all childish. If I could travel in time, high on the list of things to do would be visits…

When eagles go bad, all over again

It is unfortunate that I just do not have the time to do any ‘proper’ blog writing at the moment. Winge winge winge. So I’m going to do a bad thing, but something that I’ve been advised to do, and something that lots of other people do anyway: I’m going to start re-publishing old Tet…

The plasticity of deer

Because antler growth depends fundamentally on health and nutrition as well as age and size, antlers are among the most plastic of all bones. You might be able to appreciate this fact from this photo (courtesy Jon McGowan) showing diversity in English Roe deer Capreolus capreolus, yet even the diversity shown here is far from…

Unhappy with Aerosteon

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the newswires you’ll have seen that a very exciting new theropod dinosaur was described about a week ago now: Aerosteon riocoloradensis Sereno et al., 2008, an allosaurid allosauroid from the Santonian Anacleto Formation of Mendoza Province, Argentina. Hooray again for open-access publishing: Sereno et al. (2008) is published…

What is the Snodland mystery cat?

Both Cryptomundo and Big Cats in Britain have recently showcased the photo you see here. Taken in Snodland, Kent (UK), earlier this year, it depicts what appears to be a dark, mid-sized felid (NOT a big cat in the proper sense), though the lack of any adequate scale makes its size difficult to judge. Is…

Alligators eat fruit

A few years ago Brito et al. (2002) published a brief but very interesting little paper in which they reported frugivory in Broad-snouted caimans Caiman latirostris. Two captive Brazilian animals were observed and photographed feeding on the fruit of Philodendron selloum [photo here is Fig. 1 from Brito et al. (2002)]. They later offered fruit…

I have too many toys

I have lot of toys. Too many. Here are just some of them. Sorry the image is too small, but if you want bigger pics they’re all available on my flickr site. Despite all these new theropods (hmm.. Aerosteon. Hmmm) and recently published papers on plesiosaurs, no time for any articles at the moment. Have…