Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for July, 2010

A little while back we looked at the claws, bony knobs and other structures present on the hands of certain palaeognaths, waterfowl and other birds. Time to look at more of this sort of stuff – I kind of got distracted by lapwing taxonomy, so this is all going on for a bit longer than…

Inspired both by the clam catches oystercatcher story, and by Greg Laden’s coverage of oystercatcher learning and predation behaviour, I thought it an opportune time to recycle the following from Tet Zoo ver 1. It originally appeared as one of my Ten Bird Meme posts of 2006… One of my most favourite birds is the…

Another one from the annals of weird deaths. Believe it or don’t, wading birds sometimes get their toes or bill-tips caught in bivalve shells, they remain trapped, and they then drown when the tide comes in. Here is rare photographic evidence of this behaviour…

In the previous article I discussed the outside section of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition’s pterosaur display (hosted at Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank). The exhibition (which finished on July 4th, sorry) incorporated three flying, life-sized azhdarchids – suspended from the two adjacent building – as well as two walking ones (the…

Regular readers of Tet Zoo will have seen the little clues given here and there to a big, infinitely cool project that’s been months and months in the making (here’s the first big hint, from August 2009). For some time now my colleagues Dave Martill, Bob Loveridge, Mark Witton and others at the University of…

Darren is away. Back soon. Here are sneak-peeks… The amazing freaky beast that’s getting all the attention, that everyone gawps at in amazement (drumroll)…