At the end of each year, bloggers on WordPress.com are sent a short summary of activity on their blog. The whole report can be seen at the link at the end of this post if you like to scan through.
For us three who manage the Twilight Beast blog, this report is a perfect opportunity to once again thank readers for their comments, thoughts and support of the blog posts over the last year! We are really enjoying bringing familiar, and not so familiar, beasts alive.
2015 has been a great year for the Beasts. We have had two special weeks:
– #ExtinctWeek was raising the profile of extinction, and the vulnerability of species today. The week saw three posts about iconic creatures which have only just become extinct: the Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo.
– #HomininWeek saw the first blog posts from us about our not too distant relatives, including the robust cousin, Paranthropus; the strange species with only a few fossils the mysterious Denisovans; and a hominin who has had a bad rap over the ages, our favorites the Neanderthals.
We have had excellent guest blog posts from some very talented people:
– @ferwen takes us back to a time when ginormous Terror Birds stalked the land. These giants were around for over 60 million years! Read more about them in The long reign of terror.
– Ancient DNA is adding more information to what we know about the recent past. And sometimes confuses things too. Meet they mysterious human species known as the Denisovans by @sunderdown: Who were the Denisovans anyway?
And here are our top five most viewed blog posts of 2015!
– Number 5: Real vampires in South America. Not so long ago, there were giant vampire bats fluttering around the South American jungles!
– Number 4: The long reign of terror. Co-written by a guest blogger, explore the world after the dinosaurs vanished. Well, most of them anyway.
– Number 3: Paddingtons dangerous cousin. There were once meat- eating bears in South America. And they were big.
– Number 1: Neanderthals and us: we’re not so differenct. Neanderthals have been portrayed in a very negative way since they were first discovered. You will find out that we are actually very similar.
As with any ‘top read’ lists, there are also ‘least read’ lists. So, we give you our least read blog posts of 2015. Let’s show them a little love!
Number 4: A test of time. Discover how we know what the climate was like in the past by examiming a small little organism.
Number 3: An unexpected river horse. Hippos in Britain!
Number 2: Survivors. The wonderfully bizarre Saiga antelope were once widespread across Europe, including in Britain! They have had many hits to their numbers through time, but this resilient little mammal bounces back.
We have new beasts and big plans for 2016! We hope you continue to enjoy our posts, and please get in touch if you want to write a guest post, or want to suggest a creature you want to see on here!
Happy new year to everyone! Enjoy being with family and friends, as we all know, time goes too quickly. From the Twilight Beasts team.