Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for September, 2009

First of all, here are some temnospondyls. This composite image was compiled by repositioning the reconstructions provided by DeFauw (1989): looks neat, doesn’t it? So, I recently returned from the 69th Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting, this year held in Bristol, UK: in other words, OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA for the first time ever. It…

After all that talk of tapirs biting people’s arms off and killing Brazilian farmers, it only seems appropriate to post these pictures, taken at Bristol Zoo on Sunday (a group of us went there after SVP). The keeper obviously has a great relationship with Denzil, the male Brazilian (or Lowland) tapir Tapirus terrestris on the…

It would seem that my new book is out

I am reliably informed that a book I wrote during 2008 – The Great Dinosaur Discoveries (A & C Black, 2009) – is now out and available in the shops.

Yet again the world is going nuts over a weird, ugly carcass that is being identified by some as an alien, as a genetic mutation ‘of some sort’ (duh?), as a deformed dolphin (seriously: what?), or as an unidentified ‘monster’ that perhaps represents a new species. I’ve lost track of how many emails I received…

Jaime’s new-look Andrewsarchus

You may recall that we had a bit of an Andrewsarchus thing going on here back in August. As you’ll know if you followed the articles in question, there is now some suggestion that Andrewsarchus was not the megawolf mesonychian once imagined, but instead a weird relative of those entelodont giant killer pigs from hell.…

Once again I’m going to recycle an old book review, sorry about that. Have had no internet access at home for the last few days, so things have been difficult here, to say the least (like so many people, I now rely on constant daily internet access for work). Anyway, find below my review of…

Those of us who publish technical research papers like to see our work cited by our colleagues. Indeed, it’s integral to one’s success as a researcher (whatever ‘success’ means) that others cite your work, in whatever context. You might not like to see the publication of a stinging attack that demolishes your cherished hypothesis and…

Chito and Pocho, frolicking in the water

What’s going on in these pictures?

If you’re a long-time reader of Tet Zoo you’ll be familiar with the remarkable fact that Greater noctules Nyctalus lasiopterus predate on nocturnally migrating passerine birds (this was discussed in a ver 1 article that I’ll update and recycle for ver 2 at some stage). Various predatory microbats around the world predate on small birds,…

I have no time, so here’s this…

I’m somewhat pushed for time at the moment (massive, massive understatement), so nothing new here, sorry. Too busy with book jobs, SVP preparation, demolition work, baby care and other stuff. So here’s some nonsense: if you’ve been with me from the start you’ll remember this captivating image from January 2006. To the rest of you…