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One of the lamest things people do on blogs is (in my humble opinion) write about their own blogroll. I mean: how banal, vapid and insipid can you be? Anyway, on an unrelated note, observant readers will note… that I’ve just updated my blogroll – hooray! – and have added a brand-spanking-new and extremely exciting…

Belatedly, Nemoramjetia (= Avisapiens)

I’ve been so busy over the past several weeks that I’ve totally failed to keep up with several of my favourite blogs. One of them is Andrea Cau’s Theropoda, written in Italian but translatable into English thanks to the wonder of google’s translator widget (incidentally, my grandmother on my dad’s side was Italian). The amount…

Come back Lank, (nearly) all is forgiven

Long-time readers will know that I am an unashamed fan of both speculative zoology, and of Dougal Dixon’s hypothetical ‘alternative’ animals. Inspired by a comment made here in August by Jenny Islander, I have been having a re-think about the possible evolution of flightless pterosaurs: the fossil record gives no indication that such animals ever…

Sorry, another teaser – I haven’t yet had time to post the full article (am aiming to do this on Monday). Again, all will be explained as goes the above [incoporating artwork by Mark Witton and yours truly]. Many, many, many thanks to everyone who made the ‘name my flightless pterosaur’ experiment such a soaraway…

Please name my flightless pterosaur

Don’t worry, all will be explained in the next article. But first things first: please provide the flightless azhdarchid with a binomial name. The cleverest and most euphonious wins (and I pick the winner). Please explain derivations and etymologies where appropriate. Good luck.

Maybe it’s because I write too much, but I am frequently surprised and sometimes a little freaked out at the strange coincidences that have so often cropped up during my time here at Tet Zoo. Long-time readers will recall the several occasions when we’ve looked at hypothetical intelligent dinosaurs: it started back in 2006 with…

Regular readers will know that I am an unashamed fan of non-standard theories, aka fringe theories or whacky theories, and of course we looked just recently at the haematotherm theory. Doubtless you’ve all heard of the aquatic ape hypothesis (AAH): that strangely popular notion which promotes the idea that modern humans owe their distinctive features…

Congratulations are in order: well done Dave Hughes, David Marjanovi? and Allen Hazen in particular. No, the creature shown yesterday is not a squabrat from The Dark Crystal (if there is such a thing), Romer’s hellasaur, an old picture of a colugo, a proto-bat, proto-pterosaur, arboreal theropod, antiquated archaeopterygid, tree shrew, climbing duck-possum, arboreal gorgonopsian,…

How (not) to keep dinosaurs

As a dinosaur specialist I often get asked about Robert Mash’s 2003 book How to Keep Dinosaurs (Mash 2003). It seems that most people (usually those who haven’t read it) think that this book is good, or funny. Don’t get me wrong – I think a book dedicated to dinosaur husbandry is an excellent idea;…

Homage to The Velvet Claw (part I)

Those of us interested in the same subject often tend to have experienced the same sort of things. If you share my interests (as you probably do, given that you’re here), you’ve probably watched a lot of Attenborough on TV. You’ve probably been to at least one of the bigger natural history museums of your…