The sort of stuff I put on facebook

Preparing blog posts for Tet Zoo takes hours, sometimes days or even weeks. It's done in "spare time". Putting crap on facebook takes minutes and can be done during the course of a normal work day. Some of the stuff is soooo hilarious it deserves to be shared...


Francisco Gascó (aka Paco) knocked this up, thanks Paco. It was taken in about 1992 1994 (when I was 18 19): note the Battat dinosaurs on the terrarium lid, Greg Paul theropods on the wall, and Luis Rey spiky amargasaur t-shirt. The croc skull is a juvenile C. niloticus.

My one and only photo of a British big cat, taken on Dartmoor c. 1992. Yeah, right. From left to right: Ewen Bennett, Matthew Colmsee, Paul Rutkowski, John Martin. Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme expedition.


We had a big debate on facebook: who would win in a fight between all 540 toad species, Darwinopterus, or PZ Myers? Reese Witherspoon said Darwinopterus, and Science agrees with her!


Finally, here's me in Mark Witton's pterosaur dungeon (aka the foamadome), wrestling a baby titanosaur. Note the legendary trousers in the background, as seen on (web) TV!


Back to toads soon, but it's all down to time...

More like this

And in the style of facebook, I give a thumps up 'like' to this post! :)

After fighting the toads, don't forget to speak of Sinotyrannus and Neovenatoridae! Theropod ground is rumbling!!!

By J.S. Lopes (not verified) on 18 Oct 2009 #permalink

Based on the presence of Battat dinosaurs, the first photo is not older than 1994.

By Brad McFeeters (not verified) on 18 Oct 2009 #permalink

That's young Indiana Jones or Young Einstein? ;-)

Ah, so this is all the hubbub going on at facebook! excellent :D

By Tim Morris (not verified) on 19 Oct 2009 #permalink

Reese Witherspoon...? O RLY?

By David MarjanoviÄ (not verified) on 19 Oct 2009 #permalink

We had a big debate on facebook: who would win in a fight between all 540 toad species, Darwinopterus, or PZ Myers?

Clearly, someone needs to update this classic quiz by replacing 'five year olds' with 'toads'...

From showing off juvenile croc skulls to wrestling foamy titanosaurs - paleontology sure has some fascinating rituals. =D

Caption for the first one:

"This belongs... In a museum!"

By Oll Lewis (not verified) on 19 Oct 2009 #permalink

Wow Darren. That top photo, I remember when you looked like that! Probably a couple of years before we met, but still how I remember you.

The years... have been kind.

By David Craven (not verified) on 19 Oct 2009 #permalink

Hey, I'm jealous. I don't have a croc skull and your dinosaur figurines are cooler than mine.

Yeah. How did you get that croc skull at that age!?!

By David MarjanoviÄ (not verified) on 19 Oct 2009 #permalink


By David MarjanoviÄ (not verified) on 20 Oct 2009 #permalink

Yes, Reese Witherspoon!!!! And you should know, Darren, that she is thrilled that she got a mention in Tet Zoo. She's finally made the big time!

That top photo looks more like a young Egon methinks...

By Graeme Elliott (not verified) on 21 Oct 2009 #permalink

What did you keep in the terrarium Darren, im a dab hand at reptile and amphidian keeping myself.

By Zach hawkins (not verified) on 23 Oct 2009 #permalink