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Homage to “The Velvet Claw”… Again

by Darren Naish

At long last, somebody has uploaded (at least some of) The Velvet Claw to youtube. What’s The Velvet Claw, I hear you ask? Well, actually, I probably don’t hear you ask, seeing as you probably know already. Indeed, if you’re a long-term Tet Zoo reader, you’ll have heard me talk about it before. And here I go again: below find a revamped version of the article I originally published on The Velvet Claw back in 2007.

Those of us interested in the same subject often tend to have experienced the same sorts of things. If you share my interests (as you probably do, given that you’re here), you’ve probably watched a lot of Attenborough on TV. You’ve probably been to at least one of the bigger natural history museums of your country, probably more than once.

You’ve probably been to at least one of the bigger natural history museums of your country, probably more than once. You’ve probably spent more time than is considered usual looking at weird reptiles, or bat-eared foxes, or tapirs, or giraffes, or bats, or rhinos, at the zoo. You probably caught and kept weird insects and pond animals as a child. You’ve probably picked up objects that other people consider bizarre or worthless, like bones, or bits of crustaceans. And, if you were in the habit of watching television in the early 1990s, you probably thought The Velvet Claw was the best thing on TV…

(read more: Tetrapod Zoology - Scientific American)

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