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Return from Avalon

If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that I’ve been absent for a little while: I’ve been at the Sea Dragons of Avalon conference, held at Street in Somerset and focusing on the evolution of marine reptiles (and other organisms) across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. The meeting also included a tribute to Arthur Cruickshank, a day…

Change your attitude

Since the publication of Taylor et al. (2009) – the sauropod neck posture paper – we’ve been running a whole series of articles on necks and neck posture, and all that it implies, over at SV-POW! Please check it out. I’ve been too busy to contribute anything, but that changes later today. Sorry, this is…

We need MORE FROGS

Welcome to one of those annoying teaser posts – I’d post something substantive, if only I had the time. But I don’t. The adjacent photo shows Pristimantis charlottevillensis, a strabomantid from Tobago that was named in 1995. Believe it or don’t, strabomantids are sometimes known as squatting prophet frogs. The group was only named in…

Trunks trunks trunks

Firstly, happy Tianyulong day! How incredibly cool. Secondly, this is an annoying teaser – full post to appear soon. Sorry, but c’est la vie.

Annoying teaser ahoy! The tree-climbing dinosaurs are coming…

Functional anatomy ALIVE

Yesterday I attended the Centre for Evolution and Ecology workshop ‘Modern Approaches to Functional Anatomy’, held at the Natural History Museum (and organised by the Royal Veterinary College’s John Hutchinson). Whoah: what a meeting…

The wahs are coming!

This picture borrowed from wikipedia. Full story later (about wahs, not wikipedia).

You can knock it You can rock it You can go to Timbuktu But you’ll never find a nessie in the zoo You may see an anaconda, or giraffe and kangaroo But you’ll never see a nessie in a zoo More soon, really. For now, I’m afraid all you get is this poxy teaser post……

Time permitting… coming next: that cryptozoology stuff. If I say any more I’ll spoil the surprise (there are a few technical errors in the map shown here – it’s not meant to be totally accurate. It depicts various extant and recently-extinct Caribbean tetrapods. Well done to anyone who can name all the taxa).

When all promises are met

Here’s the plan over the next week or so…