Are you interested in animals, and specifically in tetrapods: that is, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, living and extinct? Are you interested in their evolution, biology and diversity, in their portrayal in art, literature and fiction, in the animals of the distant past, in conservation, cryptozoology, domestication and, frankly, in just about anything relevant to the world of tetrapods? If the answer is “Hmm, I’m not sure”, you might like to go away and do something different. BUT if the answer is “Yes”, have you heard about TetZooCon?
Yes, TetZooCon, an annual meeting themed around the contents and remit of the world-famous blog Tetrapod Zoology (currently in its 12th year, and currently hosted at Scientific American). Join us this Saturday October 21st 2017 for a day’s worth of events devoted to the TetZooniverse. Previous years have seen exciting schedules of talks and workshop events (see below).
Last year's TetZooCon was sold out, so this year we are moving to a bigger venue, The Venue on Malet Street, central London.
Doors open at 9am, and talks start at 9.20am. Tea and coffee are included in the admission price.
Attendance for the day is £50, and is purchased online with PayPal. Once you've got your PayPal confirmation, you're on the list, so just give your name at the door. Tea and coffee are provided. We hope to see you on the day!
The Venue, Student Central
London, WC1E 7HY
Talks from previous years (2014 to 2016) have covered a huge range of subjects...
2014's meeting included talks on mermaids past and present (Paolo Viscardi, Horniman Museum and Art Gallery), the history of speculative zoology (Darren Naish, Tet Zoo Towers), the amphibian conservation crisis (Helen Meredith, ZSL), azhdarchid pterosaurs (Mark Witton, University of Portsmouth), Shakespeare and mystery primates (Carole Jahme, journalist and broadcaster), wildlife photography (Neil Phillips, UK Wildlife) and the biology of sauropod dinosaurs (Mike Taylor, University of Bristol).
At the 2015 meeting we had talks on urban birdwatching (David Lindo, aka The Urban Birdwatcher), Mesozoic marine reptiles (Jessica Lawrence-Wujek, University of Southampton), pygmy elephants (Matt Salusbury, freelance journalist), the story behind The Future Is Wild (Vicky Coules, writer and artist), the story behind The Unfeathered Bird (Katrina van Grouw, artist and writer), the science of sea monsters (Darren Naish again), and more.
2016 was similarly excellent and electric: speakers covered bears in Britain (Hannah O'Regan, University of Nottingham), the vital statistics of the Loch Ness Monster (Charles Paxton, University of St Andrews), the biomechanics of kneecaps (John Hutchinson, Royal Veterinary College), dinosaurs and the evolution of sex (Darren Naish, yet again), exotic sooglossid frogs (Jim Labisko, University of Kent), pterosaur biology (David Unwin, University of Leicester) and more.
All of these meetings featured collaborative palaeoart workshops led by several leading palaeoartists: John Conway, Bob Nicholls, and Mark Witton. Prints of their work are on sale at the meeting.
Merchandise and more
Merchandise is on sale and includes artwork, wildlife photography, books, and Rebecca Groom’s famous palaeoplushies. We invite those interested in hosting stalls to contact us.
John and Darren sell and sign their own books at the event (All Yesterdays, The Cryptozoologicon, The Great Dinosaur Discoveries, Walking With Dinosaurs: The Evidence). Other authors, including Matt Salusbury (Pygmy Elephants), Katrina van Grouw (The Unfeathered Bird), David Lindo (The Urban Birder) and Mark Witton (Pterosaurs, Recreating an Age of Reptiles) have sold and signed books at TetZooCon in the past. Special guests you may know and recognise from the TetZooniverse (and beyond) will be in attendance.
We end the event with a zoology-themed quiz with excellent prizes (the top prizes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 were, variously, a pig’s skull, a huge box of dinosaur toys, and a replica mosasaur, the latter two gifts were kindly provided by the excellent people at EverythingDinosaur.com). Oh, and there’s invariably a post-meeting pub trip which we invite you to attend.
We hope to eventually expand TetZooCon to a two-day event, and ultimately to something even longer. We’re still in the early stages, and hope that, through your support, this will happen in time. Please check back here for updates and further information.