Category Archives: Aves

Going to Tristan the T. rex’s dig site

I guess it was kinda hard to miss that the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin is getting a real Tyrannosaurus rex. I’ll have much to say about the beast here on dinosaurpalaeo over the course of the next few years. … Continue reading

Posted in Aves, Botany, Dinosauria, historical buildings etc., insects, landscapes, Mammal pic, Maniraptora, non-palaeo, photography, Theropoda, Travels, Tristan, Tyrannosauridae, Tyrannosaurus | 7 Comments

Interspecific prey theft in extant theropod dinosaurs – Ardea vs. Spheniscus

Golly, what a science journal-worthy title! An unnecessarily complicated and grandiloquent Ersatz for a simple “Heron steals penguins’ fish!” The Tierpark Friedrichsfelde in Berlin has started announcing feeding times a while ago, and the penguin feeding (Humboldt penguins, Spheniscus humboldti) … Continue reading

Posted in "fish", Aves, Dinosauria, lower vertebrates, Maniraptora, Theropoda, Tierpark Berlin, Zoos | 2 Comments


Yesterday, after a rather excruciatingly long flight, I arrived in Armidale. I’m spending two weeks here with the FEAR Lab, doing some modelling work. I’ll obviously report on that, but for now I just want to dump a bunch of … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum of LA County

The annual meetings of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) usually include an evening reception with a talk open to a wider audience at the local natural history museum. Usually OK food, expensive booze, and a lot of fun is … Continue reading

Posted in Allosaurus, Aves, Aves, Ceratopsia, Conferences, Dinopics, Dinosauria, NHM L.A., Ornithischa, Reptilia (non-archosaur), Sauropoda, SVP 2013, Theropoda, Triceratops, Tyrannosauridae | 3 Comments

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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Theropod Thursday 13

Back from a very (too) short holiday at the Baltic Sea, and ready to resume blogging. However, there’s too much on my plate tonight for a long post, so I’ll simply throw a theropod photo your way that I took … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 11: you think *I* look ridiculous?

Hogwash! You should see yourself! No beak, so how will you clean yourself, eh? Get hold of food? You mouth is useless for that task! And no down or contour feathers to cover your body, only that weird fuzz on … Continue reading

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The MFN Berlin 1: Introduction

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, my host institution, is one of the Big Five natural history museums in the world. And whereas the other four on the list, the AMNH, NMNH, NHM and MNHN, are well known to most people … Continue reading

Posted in "Prosauropoda", Allosauridae, Allosaurus, Aves, Dicraeosaurus, Dinosauria, Diplodocus, Elaphrosaurus, Giraffatitan, Iguanodontia, Kentrosaurus, MfN Berlin, Ornithopoda, Plateosaurus, Pterosauria, Sauropoda, Sauropodomorpha, Stegosauria, Theropoda | 3 Comments

Stoking and smoothing my press dislike

As you probably have already gathered from my previous posts I am usually no big friend of the press, or rather of its members. There have been a number of laudable exceptions (one example here), and as my career progresses … Continue reading

Posted in Aves, Dinosauria, Maniraptora, rants, Theropoda, Zoos | 5 Comments

Theropod attacks!

Dan Chure (of, among many other things, Dinosaur National Monument [boring gov link, wikipedia is better for a quick overview] blog fame) just sent a link to the Dinosaur Mailing List about theropods attacking humans. I’ve seen crows divebomb people, … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 2: biggest extant theropod

I recently got an angry email from a BANDit (or rather, MANIAC [maniraptorans are not in actuality coelurosaurs]) believer when I called a bird a theropod. Well, for a good take-down of BANDitry up to that date, see Prum 2003. … Continue reading

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Dino pic of the day 12: tied up for the night

Phoenicopterus roseus in the Stuttgart “Wilhelma“, the only large zoological botanical garden in Europe.

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