Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mammal Monday 20: I’s got hooves!

Marwell Zoo has a wide range of ungulates. A while ago someone asked for more ungulates. I’ve previously shown some photos of their giraffes, here’s a few more African species. African Forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus), as Dave Hone pointed … Continue reading

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Marwell zoo rook pr0n

still too busy for anything proper here, thus simply a number of nice extant theropod photos taken at the Marwell zoo: Rook pr0n. Rooks are a species of the genus Corvus, and exhibit a range of interesting behaviors (see e.g. … Continue reading

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RBINS: the rest

Previously, I showed you an overview and a look at the inguanodons in the RBINS, as well as some photogrammetry play on their T. rex mount, and some of their other dinosaur. Oh yeah, and the whales. Today, I just … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 19: Mom’s advice for the stiff-necked

Today’s Mammal Monday is especially for Darren Naish of TetZoo, the “best ever spot on the web of all times” (he says). ‘If you really want to eat something but hay, you’ll have to learn the bend that stiff neck … Continue reading

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Marcus Clauss explains Codron et al. 2012: Ontogenetic niche shifts in dinosaurs influenced size, diversity and extinction in terrestrial vertebrates

This is a guest post by Marcus Clauss of the Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Marcus is a member of and leading voice in the Research Unit 533 ‘Sauropod Biology’ of … Continue reading

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18 hours of sauropods – yay!

I’m currently in Bonn, at the 17th meeting of the Sauropod Research Group (FOR 533). That means sauropod talks and chat all Saturday, and half of Sunday. Heaven 🙂 For the occasion I’ll now simply post some sauropod pictures. The … Continue reading

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Palaeontology of SW Germany 2.1: what rocks are there to find stuff in?

As I explained last time, there are really only Triassic and Jurassic rocks available for fossil hunting around Stuttgart. There is a tiny smattering of Permian Zechstein to be found in a few places, and there are a few Late … Continue reading

Posted in lower vertebrates, SMNS, spineless stuff (invertebrates) | 2 Comments

One crow doesn’t make a spring….

or what’s that saying? 😉 taken at Marwell Zoo, during the visit with David Hone and Darren Naish.

Posted in Aves, Dinopics, Dinosauria, Maniraptora, Theropoda, Zoos | 2 Comments

Drawing dinosaurs – first attempt

Recently, I happened to be able to record my 3-year old son’s first attempt at drawing a “longneck-dinosaur”. And a huge dinosaur at that, on a chalk board. The thing is about 1 m 50 long, draw with its head … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 15: theropods of the NHM London

We’ve had this one before, but it is so cool that I’ll start this post with it: Allosaurus peeking around the pillars in the NHM Dinosaur Hall.

Posted in Allosauridae, Allosaurus, Dinopics, Dinosauria, Maniraptora, NHM London, Theropoda, Tyrannosauridae, Tyrannosaurus | 5 Comments

Sometimes, it’s the little things…..

…that piss me off big time! To give you a simple example: what had my blood pressure rising dangerously this morning was stupid program glitch that apparently is ages old and just never fixed. I tried adding generic (i.e., created … Continue reading

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A few pictures on a busy day

Sebastian and I had a busy day today, finishing up the giraffe front limb. It went smoothly, much better than the forelimb, and thus we had to bother John of the Freezers much less than I had feared. In sum, … Continue reading

Posted in Dinopics, Dinosauria, Iguanodontia, Mammal pic, Mammalia, NHM London, Ornithischa, Ornithopoda, spineless stuff (invertebrates), Travels | 9 Comments

Marwell’s galloping giraffes

Someone was so enthusiastic about the galloping giraffes (well, I was, too) and asked I post them all because his didn’t come out. OK, I aim to please! Here they are in small size, merged into one multi-part image; I’ll … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 18 out of John’s freezer AGAIN! (+ non-gore pics)

If you think you’ve seen this before, you’re partly correct: you have seen these people, you have seen this individual non-human mammal, but you haven’t seen this body part yet. Today we finally started the giraffe hind limb dissection! John … Continue reading

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NHM London – what did I LIKE?

This post was planned for tomorrow, but as it seems I have made a lot of people unhappy with my last one I’ll fire it off as soon as I am done writing. Wouldn’t want anyone to get/retain the impression … Continue reading

Posted in Aves, Dinopics, Dinosauria, ichthyosaur, lower vertebrates, Maniraptora, MfN Berlin, NHM London, Theropoda | 6 Comments