Author Archives: Darren Naish

Fossil Bat Stories, Part 1

Sometimes there just aren’t enough bats

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Raptors Once More (Raptors, Part 2)

In which we look at the remaining (accipitriform) raptors…

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Amphibian and Reptile Biology and Conservation, the 2017 Joint Scientific Meeting

Conference news from the world of frogs, salamanders, lizards and snakes…

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The Tropidurine Treerunners

In which we lament the poorly known status of the local name wakanama…

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The "Birds Are Not Dinosaurs" Movement

Birds are dinosaurs. But some scientists argue that this just can’t be so because… because… well, it just can’t. What, specifically, are their arguments?

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The Tiger Subspecies Revised, 2017

So, how many different tiger subspecies are there. 8? 7? 6? Err…… 2?

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The Fall and Rise of Protoichthyosaurus

Are the rumors true? Is an obscure British ichthyosaur, named in 1979 and all but forgotten, really back from the trash bin of synonymy? Well, let’s find out…

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For Rodent Week, the Gift of Jerboas

They jump, they’re variously very large and very small, and they have very weird feet…

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Darin Croft’s Horned Armadillos and Rafting Monkeys

At last, a weighty, comprehensive, beautifully illustrated volume on the amazing extinct mammals of South America’s geological past…

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The Fourth TetZooCon

It’s time once again for a unique conference experience, and it happens in London on October 21st…

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What—If Anything—Is a Geoemydid?

Maybe you haven’t heard of them. They’re diverse, widespread, weird, sometimes colorful, and often critically endangered…

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The Unique and Efficient 4-Flipper Locomotion of Plesiosaurs

Did a remarkable group of extinct reptiles have a remarkable means of propelling themselves through the water?

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An Ode To Britains Toy Animals

Do we underestimate the power of toys in education, outreach and inspiration? 

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Letters From the World of Turtle Evolution

Spills and thrills from the exciting world of turtle evolutionary history…

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Mountain Beaver, Boomer, Sewellel

You know the mountain beaver, you’ve just never had the time to talk about it. Now is the time

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J.Lo and Other Araripemydid Pleurodires

A story of arrow-shaped ungual bones, hind foot paddles and the diversity of pleurodires past…

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Fossils We Want to Find

There’s a list of fossils I’d really like you to go out and find. Good luck.

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The Supracranial Sinus of the Horned Dinosaur Skull

There’s a giant, weird space in the skulls of big horned dinosaurs—haven’t you heard?

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The Microsaurs of Yore

It’s an exciting time to be interested in microsaurs. Wait a minute—what the hell is a microsaur? Let’s find out…

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Incredible Elephant Seals, Part 2

Anyway, what sort of seal is an elephant seal exactly?

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The Terrible Leaf Walker Frog

One of the most terrifying frogs in existence is bright yellow, social, reasonably intelligent (for a frog), and one of the biggest members of its group…

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A Review of Neanderthal: the Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman, Part 2

The second and final part of a book review. Here’s where it gets a little weird…

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The Borioteiioids

The robust-skulled, heterodont, teiid-like lizards of yore

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Mass Survival of Multitudinous Dinosaur Lineages Across the KPg Boundary

The final nail in the coffin. The last stone to be… overturned. The last domino falls. A paradigm crumbles. The sun sets. The birds fly into.. the.. sunset?

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The Ozenkadnook Tiger Photo Revealed as a Hoax

Is it finally case closed on an iconic photo of a mystery beast?

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Ornithoscelida Rises: A New Family Tree for Dinosaurs

A novel phylogenetic hypothesis for Dinosauria!? Shock! Horror!—Say it isn’t so!!!

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The Sigmodontines

It’s time we spoke about sigmodontines

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The Soay Island Sea Monster of 1959

The tale of a strange sea monster that can… maybe… be resolved… 

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Palaeoart Memes and the Unspoken Status Quo in Palaeontological Popularization

Palaeoart memes are important and pervasive—what are they, and what do they mean for the popularization of palaeontology?

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Animal Species Named from Photos

You think you have a new species. Can you name it from photos alone? 

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