Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for April, 2010

Readers with good memories will recall both that January 21st 2010 was Tet Zoo’s fourth birthday, and that I wrote about ‘four years of operation’ on that day. I had more to say about the subject in 2009, a year of Tet Zooery. Buuut… then things went downhill, and I had to take that break,…

I was thrilled and delighted to encounter this amazing beast at a recent meeting. It’s another of those creatures that you might know well from the literature, but (you assume) are unlikely to ever see in the flesh. Yet here it is…

The Great bustard returns

Over the weekend I and a bunch of friends and colleagues (representing the Southampton Natural History Society) went to Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, in search of Great bustards Otis tarda. The Great bustard (one of 26 or so bustard species found throughout the Old World and Australasia) is a British native, but excessive hunting and (probably)…

If anything should be clear from the range of creatures that I write about at Tet Zoo – think caecilians, borhyaenoids, imaginary giant owls and rhynchosaurs – it’s that there’s an almost infinite amount of technical information on obscure creatures ‘locked away’ in the technical literature. Among the most remarkable of mammals are, without doubt,…