Author Archives: Darren Naish

Sexual Selection at Chicheley Hall

A meeting of horned beetles and dinosaurs, peacocks and cichlid fishes…

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Eberth and Evans’s Hadrosaurs, a Book Review, Part 2

Final thoughts on that big book about hadrosaurs…

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Eberth and Evans’s Hadrosaurs, a Book Review, Part 1

A big book on a big group of big dinosaurs…

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The Making of Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight

The backstory to a book that, sadly, is no longer that easy to obtain…

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Pigeons and Doves 101

In which we briefly consider pigeons and doves…

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Book Review: God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism

The claims of young-Earth creationists are easily checked and easily countered. And a new book—written by former creationists themselves—does this in substantive, compelling detail…

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The Scientific Palaeoart of Dr Mark Witton

There is a revolution in palaeoart, and a revolution in the science of pterosaurs. Here, we look at an artist and scientist deeply involved in both of these events…

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The Enigma of Leguatia, 6-Foot-Tall Mauritian Super-Rail

We’re all familiar with the idea that weird animals have evolved on islands, and you’ve surely heard of many of them. But have you heard about the SIX-FOOT-TALL MAURITIAN SUPER-RAIL?

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A Battle among Blue Tits

Watching small passerines can be maddening (at least, if you’re trying to photograph them). But it can also be rewarding…

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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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