Tetrapod Zoology

The sort of stuff I put on facebook

Preparing blog posts for Tet Zoo takes hours, sometimes days or even weeks. It’s done in “spare time”. Putting crap on facebook takes minutes and can be done during the course of a normal work day. Some of the stuff is soooo hilarious it deserves to be shared…


Francisco Gascó (aka Paco) knocked this up, thanks Paco. It was taken in about 1992 1994 (when I was 18 19): note the Battat dinosaurs on the terrarium lid, Greg Paul theropods on the wall, and Luis Rey spiky amargasaur t-shirt. The croc skull is a juvenile C. niloticus.

My one and only photo of a British big cat, taken on Dartmoor c. 1992. Yeah, right. From left to right: Ewen Bennett, Matthew Colmsee, Paul Rutkowski, John Martin. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme expedition.


We had a big debate on facebook: who would win in a fight between all 540 toad species, Darwinopterus, or PZ Myers? Reese Witherspoon said Darwinopterus, and Science agrees with her!


Finally, here’s me in Mark Witton’s pterosaur dungeon (aka the foamadome), wrestling a baby titanosaur. Note the legendary trousers in the background, as seen on (web) TV!


Back to toads soon, but it’s all down to time…


  1. #1 Antimini
    October 18, 2009

    And in the style of facebook, I give a thumps up ‘like’ to this post! 🙂

  2. #2 J.S. Lopes
    October 18, 2009

    After fighting the toads, don’t forget to speak of Sinotyrannus and Neovenatoridae! Theropod ground is rumbling!!!

  3. #3 Brad McFeeters
    October 18, 2009

    Based on the presence of Battat dinosaurs, the first photo is not older than 1994.

  4. #4 Sordes
    October 18, 2009

    Is the baby-sauropod also made of foam?

  5. #5 Jerzy
    October 18, 2009

    That’s young Indiana Jones or Young Einstein? 😉

  6. #6 Francisco Gascó
    October 19, 2009

    That’s young Indy! 😉
    Thanks for the refference!

  7. #7 Tim Morris
    October 19, 2009

    Ah, so this is all the hubbub going on at facebook! excellent 😀

  8. #8 David Marjanović
    October 19, 2009

    Reese Witherspoon…? O RLY?

  9. #9 Darren Naish
    October 19, 2009

    Hmm… reportedly 🙂

  10. #10 Dartian
    October 19, 2009

    We had a big debate on facebook: who would win in a fight between all 540 toad species, Darwinopterus, or PZ Myers?

    Clearly, someone needs to update this classic quiz by replacing ‘five year olds’ with ‘toads’…

  11. #11 Nikola
    October 19, 2009

    From showing off juvenile croc skulls to wrestling foamy titanosaurs – paleontology sure has some fascinating rituals. =D

  12. #12 Oll Lewis
    October 19, 2009

    Caption for the first one:

    “This belongs… In a museum!”

  13. #13 David Craven
    October 19, 2009

    Wow Darren. That top photo, I remember when you looked like that! Probably a couple of years before we met, but still how I remember you.

    The years… have been kind.

  14. #14 Gwen
    October 19, 2009

    Hey, I’m jealous. I don’t have a croc skull and your dinosaur figurines are cooler than mine.

  15. #15 David Marjanović
    October 19, 2009

    Yeah. How did you get that croc skull at that age!?!

  16. #16 Darren Naish
    October 20, 2009

    Oh, you know, I went to a few parties.

  17. #17 David Marjanović
    October 20, 2009


  18. #18 Jason J Brunet
    October 20, 2009

    Yes, Reese Witherspoon!!!! And you should know, Darren, that she is thrilled that she got a mention in Tet Zoo. She’s finally made the big time!

  19. #19 Albertonykus
    October 20, 2009

    Crazy stuff!

  20. #20 Graeme Elliott
    October 21, 2009

    That top photo looks more like a young Egon methinks…

  21. #21 Zach hawkins
    October 23, 2009

    What did you keep in the terrarium Darren, im a dab hand at reptile and amphidian keeping myself.

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