A fabulous day of talks on the subject of tetrapod zoology, chat and some great artwork at TetZooCon organised by Darren Naish at the London Wetland Centre (which lived up to it's name!).
Darren's talk 'The Dinosaur Sex Wars' discussed the use of extravagant appendages in dinosaurs, concluding they were probably primarily used for intraspecific sexual display. More on that from his new book 'Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved' (out on the 11th October by Darren Naish and Paul Barrett). For a great summary of the talks go to the Tetrapod Zoology blog http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/
My personal favourite was Charles Paxton's talk 'The Vital Statistics of the Loch Ness Monster' - applying statistical analysis to sightings of the Loch Ness monster (how many, when, where etc) and of course, getting to make plasticine models of Bob Nicholl's model of Psittacosaurus, not only cute (see below) but also life sized and sporting countershading suggestive of a canopied, woodland environment (3D Camouflage in an Ornithischian DinosaurVinther, Jakob et al.Current Biology , Volume 26 , Issue 18 , 2456 - 2462).
Keep an eye out for TetZooCon 2017 as tickets sold out this year....