Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for March, 2009

Trunks trunks trunks

Firstly, happy Tianyulong day! How incredibly cool. Secondly, this is an annoying teaser – full post to appear soon. Sorry, but c’est la vie.

Ok, here we are: welcome to the fifth and final part of that ‘month in dinosaurs (and pterosaurs)’ series (for previous parts: part I, part II, part III, part IV). This time, more pterosaurs…

Already the article you’re reading is several weeks late, and I had to make a real effort to finish it before those weeks became months. Anyway, I present here the penultimate in the ‘month in dinosaurs (and pterosaurs)’ series (for the previous articles please see part I, part II, and part III). The whole point…

No time. Too busy. Toy pelicans from Marwell Zoo. Accompanying thoughts from Dave Hone here; involves azhdarchids. Bye now, sorry for lack of substantive content.

What’s wrong with this hippo?

Yeah, like it says in the title.. what is wrong wih this hippo? (photographed at Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery). Or, ‘was’ wrong.. given that it’s now dead. I really should say more about hippos at some stage. So far there’s only this, and that’s just not good enough.

The English Marsh frog invasion

What fun we’ve all had, discussing corpses and decomposition. Thanks to all who participated. I’m going away for a couple of days. For no good reason other than that it looks good, find here a slide from a talk I do called ‘Britain’s changing herpetofauna’. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory! The pic of the Marsh…

Like some most virtually all hopefully all people interested in animals, I have a dark, guilty secret: I covet and collect dead bodies. In fact I’m of the opinion that if you’re interested in animals and are not interested in dead bodies, there’s something wrong with you. How can you not be interested in –…

Harbour seal kills and eats duck

Like many ‘generalised’ carnivores, the Common or Harbour seal Phoca vitulina is a surprisingly adaptable predator, even if it is rather conservative in diet and choice of foraging habitat (e.g., Tollit et al. 1998). This photo, taken by Philip Kirkham, is part of a sequence in which a seal stalks, catches, and then dismembers and…

Not only am I now unable to edit my blogroll (a very minor thing, but one that bugs me nonetheless), I am also incapable of understanding how ResearchBlogging is supposed to work. I registered, but cannot get my posts to appear there, so am going to give up. Oh well, it’s not like it matters…

More on those rorquals: part I is required reading. To those who have seen this stuff before: sorry, am going through a busy phase and no time for new material (blame dinosaurs and azhdarchoid pterosaurs… and baby girls). Oh, incidentally, I recently registered Tet Zoo with ResearchBlogging: I haven’t done this before because ‘blogging on…