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Squamozoic sneak-peek # 2

When unable to find time to do anything else, resort to posting Squamozoic sneak-peeks (previous example here)… This scene – ‘Riverbank ambush’ – features a giant macro-predatory amphisbaenian and some surprised gekkotans. Colouring by Tim Morris. Feel free to discuss among yourself. Kinda busy right now…

Borrowed from here on David’s Really Interesting Pages (and used with permission: thanks David). A sort of homage to this article from last month.

The shortest Tet Zoo blog post ever

Please identify. If possible, make it more interesting by saying something about the animal’s behaviour, ecology and/or phylogenetic position (believe me, there is plenty to say). As usual, a smug sense of self-satisfaction to the winner.

Time for a little game. What does this photo represent? Can you work out what happened here? One clue: the skeleton belonged to a large mammal. Sorry the pic is in black-and-white and a bit fuzzy, it’s the best version of the image I have (a colour version exists somewhere – please do pass it…

While on holiday in Wales recently, we visited Cardiff Castle. Located within the grounds is the Victorian House, extensively transformed between the late 1860s and 1930s by William Burgess under John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute. I was quite surprised to find carved platypuses, armadillos, wombats and pangolins on some of the bookcases.

A challenge for you (albeit another easy one): what species, and what activity, do these photos represent? I’ll give you a few clues…

Identify the stuffed carnivoran

Test your skills and identify this carnivoran (sorry the image isn’t larger: this is all I got). It’s not meant to be particularly easy, so good luck. The person who supplied the image is not allowed to play, and it would be appreciated if another individual who has used the same image on his own…

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)…

A lurking humanoid, in the woods

This could be an opportunity to say something really smart and interesting, or it could be an excuse for silliness. I leave you, my wise readers, to decide…

Here’s a very simplified ‘consensus cladogram’ for Artiodactyla: hey, just like it says in the title. Obviously, it only features living taxa. The reference cited on the side (it’s a slide from a talk about hoofed mammal evolution) is… Price, S. A., Bininda-Emonds, O. R. P. & Gittleman, J. L. 2005. A complete phylogeny of…