Archiv des Autors: Markus Bühler

Curiosity of the Day: Inuit tools made from Greenland shark jaws

As I have a longlasting interest in ethnology and indigenous cultures, I decided to feature here some interesting man-made artifacts. Since this blog is mainly about animals, those objects will be of course zoology-themed. When I recently visited once again … Weiterlesen

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Fossil of the day: Gnarly wooly rhino skull

For today I have just a short fossil-of-the-day-post. It´s a close-up of the nasal and frontal area of of a wooly rhino´s skull from the Naturhistorisches Museum Mainz (natural history museum Mainz). You can see very well the highly textured … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Anatomie, Megafauna, Paläontologie, Säugetiere | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

In search of the black hell adder

Today I made an excursion to the northern Black Forest, with a vague hope to see a common European adder (Vipera berus). This is one of the few remaining areas here around which still has a somewhat bigger population of … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Naturbeobachtungen, Reptilien | 3 Kommentare

The spiny wing quills of the cassowary

Cassowaries are unusual and weird by nearly every standard, but the general focus is mainly on their flamboyant heads and necks and their formidable foot claws. But there is just so much more noteworthy about them. For example their extraordinaire … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Anatomie, Vögel | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

A possible case of tail autophagy observed in Lilford’s wall lizard on Dragonera

In 2014, I made a trip to Dragonera, a small island off the west coast of Majorca. My main focus was to see the endemic variant of Lilford´s wall lizards, Podarcis lilfordi ssp. giglioli, which populates this island. Among the … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Naturbeobachtungen, Reptilien | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

No guts, no glory – Nanuqsaurus feeding giant petrel style

In the sequel of the last post about the table manners of living and prehistoric carnivores and their depictions in paleoart, I post today a portrayal of Nanuqsaurus feeding on a mosasaur carcass by Joschua Knüppe (take a look at … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Dinosaurier, Paläontologie | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

Don´t forget the blood and guts – for the sake of badass feathered theropods

Feathered theropods have some issues. A lot of people just don´t like them. Movies like  „Jurassic World“ have also shown that the mere idea of theropods being mainly covered in some sort of feathers or filaments is still far away … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Dinosaurier, Paläontologie, Populäre Irrtümer, Vögel | 3 Kommentare

A natural crystal skull

Some time ago I visited the mineral exhibition at the museum „Welt der Kristalle“ near Rottweil. Besides a lot of really fascinating crystals and minerals and some nice fossils was a really bizarre object on exhibit, a ram skull fully … Weiterlesen

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A herring in the wolf´s clothing

Today´s blogpost features another fish skull, this time a much smaller but yet pretty impressive one, which nearly looks like a miniature version of the giant cretaceous Xiphactinus. It belongs to a dorab wolf hering (Chirocentrus dorab), a member of … Weiterlesen

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Relics of a River Monster

Yesterday I had a great day visiting the Museum für Naturkunde at Schloss Rosenstein, Stuttgart, and later also the nearby Wilhelma Zoo. There was a special exhibition at the museum with a lot of specimens which are usually not on … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Anatomie, Bild des Tages, Fische, Museen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar