Archiv des Autors: Markus Bühler

Are crocodiles really green? – And why this is important for paleoart

If you read a comic or watch a cartoon which includes any crocodiles or alligators, you will notice that they are nearly universally green. The same applies to crocodiles in books for children, on logos or sometimes even drawings in … Weiterlesen

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Of shields, plates and spikes – the complex scale patterns of ostrich legs

I was recently able to acquire two fresh partial ostrich legs from a breeder. This was a perfect chance to study the external and internal anatomy of this giant bird’s legs and feet. I could take a really close look … Weiterlesen

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Reconstructing Basilosaurus, the cetacean Sea Serpent

Basilosaurus was just big in the news when a new study about its feeding habits and the predation on young Dorudons was published. This is probably a good time to feature a new reconstruction of the „king lizard“ that I … Weiterlesen

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A Steneosaurus leg with fossilized skin

It is well known that there are a lot of wonderfully preserved ichthyosaur fossils with skin impressions, especially from the famous Posidonia shale of Holzmaden. But it is much lesser known that there are also some soft tissue impressions of … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Krokodile/Crocodylians, Paläontologie, Reptilien | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

Picture of the Day: Mammalodon vs. giant Nautilid

Today I want to feature some paleoart by Dominic Grabowski, which depicts the archaic stem-baleen whale Mammalodon attacking one of those awesome but little-known giant post-creataceous nautilids. I feel really honoured that this was directly inspired by my recent blogpost … Weiterlesen

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The Huchen – Salmonid King of the Danube

If you are interested in unusual freshwater fish, you have possibly heard about the taimen (Hucho taimen), a very large predatory salmonid which lives in remote parts of Mongolia, Russia and some other areas of North Asia. This species was … Weiterlesen

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When Giant Tunas roamed the Baltic Sea

In terms of zoological diversity, the Baltic Sea is probably the most boring sea of the world. It has the lowest salinity of all seas and it is only connected with one other sea, the North Sea. As a result … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter ausgerottete Arten, Blogposts in English, Fische, Megafauna, Megafische | 2 Kommentare

Zoological treasures in Archeological, Historical and Ethnological Museums

This blog is devoted to the wonders and marvels of the animal kingdom and natural history. Many of the photos in my articles were taken in zoological or paleontological museums. But you can also often find a lot of really … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Archeology, ausgerottete Arten, Ethnology, Säugetiere, Wale | 2 Kommentare

A moustache for the elephant bird – had Aepyornis facial bristles?

A recent study in which digital endocasts of elephant bird skulls from Madagascar were examined, has shown that those gigantic flightless birds had extremely reduced optical lobes. At the same time, their olfactory lobes were very large, what indicates that … Weiterlesen

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The amazing Nautilid Diversity of the Post-Cretaceous Seas

The modern nautilus is usually seen as some sort of archaic relic from an ancient era, unaffected by the changes of time. They are often considered as an anachronistic remnant of an age when the seas were populated by marine … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Cephalopoden, Paläontologie, Populäre Irrtümer | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar