They say time is the fire in which we burn and – as I’ve surely said before – nothing works better as a demonstration of the swift evaporation of your brief time alive on the planet than the maintenance of a blog. That, and having children, and being busy and having jobs and stuff. And thus it is that January 21st 2018 requires me to once more face the fact that another full year has passed and that Tetrapod Zoology is a year older: it’s 12. Happy birthday Tet Zoo.
If you read the previous article you’ll know that my aim here is the review (briefly) the diversity and evolutionary history of accipitriform raptors, the group that includes vultures, hawks, eagles and their kin. In this second article we look at the remaining groups, and we start with secretarybirds. These articles have been written because I’m currently compiling the enormous bird section of my still in-prep textbook… on which more here.
Raptors – birds of prey – are among the most remarkable, charismatic and startling of birds. We’re talking about a group of hook-billed predators where there are species that predate on everything from insects and fish to large terrestrial mammals and fast-flying birds, that have taken to life in high mountains, dense tropical forests, the fringes of the oceans and everywhere in between, and are sometimes equipped with remarkable power, most notably in the bill and their massively taloned feet.
@Arekirangi Yup, I'm with you. Funnily enough, the people promoting these items have been in conversation with Peters and consequently imply that there's a Big Palaeo conspiracy of so-called experts to hold back THE TRUTH. Jeeesus...
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