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Stories by Darren Naish

Fantastic asses

Come on, this is Tetrapod Zoology: you knew those asses would be of the equid kind, right? I don’t think there’s been much on Tet Zoo about equids yet, nor about perissodactyls at all (a crime, given my strong interest in fossil rhinos)...

September 5, 2013 — Darren Naish
The Big 200 at Tet Zoo

The Big 200 at Tet Zoo

It’s time to crack open the champagne and hit the town because Tet Zoo ver 3 just hit the ‘200 article’ mark: specifically, Because caecilians are important was # 200.

September 2, 2013 — Darren Naish
Because caecilians are important

Because caecilians are important

This is the 200th article at Tet Zoo ver 3 – thanks, pass the champagne, donation cheque etc. (hint hint). The plan is to produce a lengthy introspective-type article that includes links to all the content that’s appeared on Tet Zoo ver 3 so far...

August 25, 2013 — Darren Naish

Tapir attacks past, present, but hopefully not future

Last Thursday (August 8th, 2013) a Brazilian or Lowland tapir Tapirus terrestris at Dublin Zoo (Ireland) seriously attacked and injured a two-year-old girl that, believe it or don’t, was taken into the tapir’s enclosure...

August 11, 2013 — Darren Naish

Phenacodontidae, I feel like I know you

One day in the not-too-distant future there will be a Tet Zoo Guide to Paleogene Mammals. I’m not kidding – it really will happen one day… hey, I’ve only been promising it since 2007 or so...

August 8, 2013 — Darren Naish

Tales from the Cryptozoologicon: Megalodon!

The other day I showcased some art and text from the upcoming Cryptozoologicon, a book currently being put together by John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and myself and scheduled to appear later this year...

August 5, 2013 — Darren Naish

Tales from the Cryptozoologicon: the Yeti

Hot on the heels of our highly successful and much-praised All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals [BUY IT HERE], John Conway, C.

August 4, 2013 — Darren Naish

It s high time you were told about Psammodromus

Once again, I have squamate guilt. For a while now I’ve been planning to discuss the lacertid lizard fauna of Europe (or, the European Field Guide Region, or Western Palaearctic, or whatever)...

July 31, 2013 — Darren Naish

21st Century Dinosaur Revolution

A recent tour of the Natural History Museum (London) bookshop reminded me that my 2009 book, The Great Dinosaur Discoveries (A & C Black in the UK, University of California Press in the USA), is still on sale and in demand...

July 28, 2013 — Darren Naish

It s hot and sunny, so birds lie down and sunbathe

It’s hot and sunny here in the UK right now, and elsewhere in the world too, I’m sure. In celebration of the current conditions, I figure now is a good time to recycle a Tet Zoo ver 3 article that’s already two years old: my brief review of sunbathing postures in dinosaurs...

July 22, 2013 — Darren Naish

My famous duck-based rant

Back in February 2001, noted ornithischiphile Pete Buchholz accused ducks of being boring. How dare he. I could only respond..."Errm... the evolution of carpal spurs and knobs, extreme pugnacity and territoriality, nest parasitism, creching behaviour, parental carrying of young both in the water and (!) in the air, monogamous pair-bonding, underwater copulation and the (?)reinvention of the penis, major sexual variation in tracheal structure, grass-eating and 20-minute gut carrying time, niche partitioning according to intestine size, carrion feeding on Subantarctic islands, the evolution of fern-eating, island giantism, island dwarfism, crepuscularity, serrated bill margins, filter feeding with buccal lamellae, deep-diving, species where males are flightless but females flighted, coevolution of browsing forms with spiky lobelioideaens, repeated increases and decreases in body size during phylogeny, the annual transportation of TONNES of sand.....

July 18, 2013 — Darren Naish

What did giant extinct vampire bats eat?

Prior to the spread of people and domestic livestock, vampire bats (here we’re mostly talking about the Common vampire Desmodus rotundus ) most likely fed on capybaras, tapirs, peccaries, deer and birds, though we know that they also sometimes feed on fruit bats and reptiles...

July 14, 2013 — Darren Naish

Photos of the Loch Ness Monster, revisited

The Loch Ness Monster - Nessie - is always there; no matter what people say, and no matter what evidence fails to come in, it never goes away. I’ve participated in several TV documentary on the LNM in the last few years and all – no matter how many sceptical scientists they feature, no matter how many negative points they cover – work hard to leave the case open, as if we can still hold out hope that a giant, undiscovered aquatic animal awaits discovery in the loch...

July 10, 2013 — Darren Naish

The Tet Zoo guide to mesosaurs

A small group of long-snouted swimming reptiles from the Permian of Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa and Namibia – the mesosaurs – represent the oldest amniote group known to have taken to life in the marine realm...

July 3, 2013 — Darren Naish

Tet Zoo Bookshelf: van Grouw s Unfeathered Bird, Bodio s Eternity of Eagles, Witton s Pterosaurs, Van Duzer s Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps!

I feel guilty about the fact that I haven’t been able to keep up with book reviews lately. It typically takes me – literally – months to years to read a book and then write a substantive review, and pressures of work, domestic life, research and other commitments make it very hard to find the time for this sort of thing...

June 29, 2013 — Darren Naish
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