Category Archives: Reptiles

MORE FOSSIL REPTILES

October 2007

A 32m-long dinosaur has been unearthed in Argentina. Or rather, a few vertebrae have been found. But they are absolutely huge. So’s the name of the new species – Futalognkosaurus dukei. The “dukei” bit comes from the Duke oil company, which sponsored the excavation…

Reptile tracks from 315 MY ago, pushing back the origin of reptiles by 1-3 MY.

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THAT CHAMELEON TONGUE THING

October 2007

Could you pick up a 10-kilo piece of steak with your tongue? A chameleon can do just that (or the equivalent thereof). Their tongue appears to create a suction cup just as it blobs onto the hapless victim. Video of chameleon eating, from Madagscar, filmed by Jo Stonehouse (once of Manchester, now in Sheffield).  Article about the biomechanics of tongue projection in chameleons from J Exp Biol (open access).

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ROLL UP, ROLL UP, SEE THE 2-HEADED TURTLE!

October 2007

More freak show video stuff from the BBC.

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FANTASTIC COLLECTION OF PHOTOS

October 2007

Andrew Johnson (First Year) has a website which includes some amazing photos of amphibians and reptiles, taken both on his travels (in particular in Bali) and at home – including one of a minxy gecko that escaped and appears to have lived under his bed for several weeks. It’s really worth looking at these terrific pictures.

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HOMING CROCS!

September 2007

Crocodiles are a problem for people in Australia, so they are regularly moved to less-densely populated areas. Trouble is, they seem to be coming back. This study in PLoS ONE (open access) used satellite tracking to show that some of them travelled over 400km. The question is – how do they do it, and why? BBC summary here.

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MARINE IGUANA

September 2007

One of those cool marine iguanas from the Galapagos, photographed underwater.

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GO HERBIVORES

September 2007

This YouTube video was sent in by Robbie Price (2nd Year). It’s from the Kruger National Park (where the First Year Animal Behaviour Field Course goes) and starts off as your traditional scene of lions hunting wildebeest. But then something unusual happens…

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