Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for June, 2009

The End of the Line: a must see

On Monday night I went to the cinema and watched the new environmental movie The End of the Line, directed by Rupert Murray. Featuring habitats, scientists and case studies worldwide, it shows how our rampant and poorly controlled (or uncontrolled) exploitation of the global oceans is depleting (or has depleted) fish stocks to unsustainable levels.…

In the previous article we looked at the Birds Come First, or BCF, hypothesis. It goes without saying that BCF has not won acceptance in the community, nor – in fact – is it even familiar to the majority of archosaur workers. Here, we take a critical view of BCF: does it stand up, or…

A substantial amount of evidence demonstrates that birds are theropod dinosaurs, and that birds evolved during the Jurassic from small, feathered maniraptoran theropods closely related to dromaeosaurids and troodontids (known collectively as deinonychosaurs) [the small dromaeosaurid Microraptor shown in adjacent image]. The precise details of avian origins remain the subject of debate, and argument continues…

Babies love Luis Rey

Here’s a recent photo showing the proofs of one of my books. These particular pages (which focus on the ‘dinosaur renaissance’ of the 1960s and 70s) feature a Luis Rey piece: as usual, poor Tenontosaurus is getting dispatched by a Deinonychus gang. As you can see, Emma thought the picture looked neat (Will plays with…

The big buzz in the cryptozoology community right now concerns a piece of footage taken on May 31st 2009 at Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vermont, and on the shore of Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain is famous in the world of lake monster research as it’s alleged to be home to a large, long-bodied animal of…

Change your attitude

Since the publication of Taylor et al. (2009) – the sauropod neck posture paper – we’ve been running a whole series of articles on necks and neck posture, and all that it implies, over at SV-POW! Please check it out. I’ve been too busy to contribute anything, but that changes later today. Sorry, this is…

Last year was Year of the Frog (nothing to do with the Chinese calendar, but instead a global effort to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s declining amphibian species). I hope that you’ve not forgotten that the global effort to slow amphibian extinction continues unabated. For various reasons, I haven’t blogged about amphibians…

We need MORE FROGS

Welcome to one of those annoying teaser posts – I’d post something substantive, if only I had the time. But I don’t. The adjacent photo shows Pristimantis charlottevillensis, a strabomantid from Tobago that was named in 1995. Believe it or don’t, strabomantids are sometimes known as squatting prophet frogs. The group was only named in…