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| March 20, 2007

Tetrapod Zoology has become one of my favorite blogs. It’s written by Darren Naish, who describes himself thusly:

Darren Naish – me – is, or was, a vertebrate palaeontologist, formerly based at the University of Portsmouth, UK. They still host my homepage, but have usefully deleted all the links to the pdfs I so lovingly uploaded (if you want pdfs of any of the papers listed there don’t hesitate to email me and ask: eotyrannus at gmail dot com). From 1997 to 2006 I worked on the predatory dinosaurs of the Lower Cretaceous of southern England, focusing for my phd on the basal tyrannosauroid Eotyrannus. A full monographic description of Eotyrannus will be published one day. Since completing the phd I’ve been trying to find a job in academia, but so far all applications have been unsuccessful. That’s pretty depressing; my future is uncertain.

I like dinosaurs very much, but they’re far from the only animals that I find interesting. I’m fascinated by all tetrapods and have some practical and research experience with Mesozoic marine reptiles, marine mammals, flightless birds and pterosaurs. I spend as much time in the field as possible, looking at real live tetrapods. I’m married and have a 5-year-old son.

Naish writes entertainingly on various issues in both paleontology (dinosaurs!) and modern zoology (vampire bats!), with occasional mixing of the two (giant extinct vampire bats!) and other side-trips (Godzilla!). He also utterly refuses to dumb down his work, and many of his postings contains long lists of academic citations.

Like many other bloggers, he’s made a quiet request for donations to keep his blog running. Consider helping Darren out; I have already.  (Note: the ‘Make a Donation’ button is near the bottom of the left-hand column on his blog site.)  ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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