Of ‘Giant Horned Bunnies’ and Perplexing Phylogeny

The large uintathere Eobasileus as illustrated by Tim Morris. Read on for why this impressive mammal has significance to this particular article.
The large Eocene uintathere Eobasileus as illustrated by Tim Morris. Read on for why this spectacular mammal has significance to this particular article.

Phylogeny, which can defined as the study of the evolutionary history and relationships amongst the animal kingdom, is one of the branches of zoological research which most captivates me with its complex and often unexpected nature. In the earliest article published on the Blogger-based Bizarre Zoology blog, I made brief reference to an obscure phylogenetic hypothesis which I first caught word of in paleozoologist Dr. Darren Naish’s Tetrapod Zoology Book One. This was done with the intention of introducing the sorts of topics which would form the focal point of my writing, yet I did so quite poorly in that I neglected to elaborate beyond a few sentences. To kick things off after this blog’s relocation, I have chosen to return to this topic which has been given scant attention in scientific literature but just enough to grab hold of my taste for all that is bizarre and zoological. This is the fascinating albeit tenuous link proposed between Dinocerata and Lagomorpha, something which may not sound so interesting unless you are familiar with the animals grouped within these taxonomic orders.Read More »

An Introduction to Bizarre Zoology

Logo of the Bizarre Zoology blog, illustrated by Essex artist Thomas Finley
Logo of the Bizarre Zoology blog, illustrated by Essex artist Thomas Finley

All too often, I encounter people who somehow regard the animal kingdom as being static, boring, and irrelevant to ‘the human world’. In reality, Zoology has shown it to be a plethora of diverse and truly bizarre species, evolutionary histories, anatomies, and behaviors. Reflecting a lifelong interest in such matters, I set out to start a blog through which I could share my musings on noteworthy findings and speculations relating to the fields of Zoology, Cryptozoology, Paleontology, and Paleoanthropology. Since August of 2012, I have been writing at a blog titled Bizarre Zoology (see former location here) with over eighty articles published. This site exceeded 300,000 views at its most recent publication and was home to 1,031 comments. Despite this considerable success, I have since moved its location to WordPress, an act which may lead one to wonder why I have started anew. The answer largely lies with issues arising from the Blogger platform, such as the small text size and inability to upload images. The features which a WordPress domain has to offer are also better-suited for my blog. Through media attachment capabilities such as the inclusion of PowerPoint and PDF files, I will be able to vary the content I produce and perhaps include some of the related work I have done during the schooling which has otherwise prevented my ability to produce articles. I may run into some unexpected drawbacks or even revert back to the Blogger domain entirely, but I am currently hopeful about the future of this blog’s relocation. As you will see in forthcoming articles, my style of writing has changed somewhat in contrast to what can be found on my older site. The overall tone and structure has improved, which I owe to the spectacular education I have received from my highschool’s English department. Also, the organization of my articles has changed so as to better relay my thoughts in writing, as I am now using titles to better distinguish and space out my points.

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Various photographs taken by the author, with each representing one of the blog’s focal points of Zoology, Cryptozoology, Paleontology, and Paleoanthropology, respectively.

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