Tet Zoo picture of the day # 9

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What the hell, thought I may as well do more books before getting back to animals. Here is part of the 'mostly mammals' section of the library. Dan will be pleased, as there is a Carrington and a Swinton in there. Also L. Harrison Matthews, Hans Hvass, Kingdon, Guggisberg, and C. J. Harris. Spot the Hellboy compilation, Macdonald's The Velvet Claw, Thorburn's Mammals, Alcock and (ahem) Bagemihl. And here is where I went today...

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"(ahem) Bagemihl"

If nothing else, its one of the largest compiliations of mammal and bird gender and sexual reality in one book.
IIRC, its been used in several court cases in defense of people's rights.

Personally, I loved the description of the "Velvet-horns"
and how they may make up as much as 90% of a local population of white-tailed deer.

The PG Tips Prehistoric Animals card album gives me a nostalgic moment. I was 7 (I think) when they came out, I persuaded my mother to change our tea brand to get the cards and harrassed numerous relatives so that I got the whole set. I think I still have the album somehwere.

Some of the pictures were good, though many were very 'stiff' - and the Lystrosaurus looked like a mutant!

They have pictures of all the cards here: http://whom.co.uk/squelch/bbprehis.htm

By Mark Lees (not verified) on 03 Jun 2007 #permalink

So Bagemihl is about the birds and the bees?

By David Marjanovi? (not verified) on 04 Jun 2007 #permalink

Nice to see another fan of "The Velvet Claw".
(if I may ask, you have it on tape or DVD too?)

I'm going to take a wild guess...that's not the Forest of Dean.

By Anthony Docimo (not verified) on 04 Jun 2007 #permalink

'Plitdown - a scientific forgery' by Frank Spencer is presumably subtitled
"Some palaeoanthropologists do 'ave 'em"

(Apologies to non-UK readers, 1970s TV sitcom in-joke here!)

By Dave Hughes (not verified) on 05 Jun 2007 #permalink