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I promised myself back in 2007 that I’d cut down on the number of conferences I attend. There’s a problem with that: I’m pretty bad at keeping promises (at least, to myself). This year I’m attending a ridiculous four conferences, and I’ve just returned from the first of them (please remind me why I have…

At the 56th SVPCA – hello Dublin!

For my shame, I had never been to Ireland prior to last week. That’s so crap that I became pretty determined to attend the 56th SVPCA, hosted by the National Museum of Ireland at Dublin, and I’m glad I did. You know, because of the giant deer, hornbills and pliosaurs [montage here shows specimens from…

Tet Zoo needs you!

I’ve mentioned on and off lately that Tet Zoo the book is now go. The manuscript is complete, and right now (when not working on other things) I’m dealing with the editorial tidying-up. The book won’t, I’m sorry to say, be anything technically new: it’s simply a compilation of the better articles from Tet Zoo…

Long-time blog readers will know that I am atrocious at keeping promises. And I will confess that part of the reason for titling an article ‘Goodbye Tetrapod Zoology‘ was to cause a burst of panic, a rash of visitors (the strategy didn’t really work: look at the counter… no spike on the graph). In seriousness,…

Among the many, many groups I have yet to cover on Tet Zoo are stem-group synapsids: Synapsida is the tetrapod clade that includes mammals and all of their relatives, and there is a long tradition of referring to non-mammalian synapsids as ‘mammal-like reptiles’ (other names include protomammals and paramammals). Because synapsids are not part of…