About Us

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We are a team of four who share a passion for the wonderfully weird beasts of the Pleistocene.

Jan Freedman: Curator of Natural History at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Cares for all the natural history collections and has a fondness for the Pleistocene specimens. (@janfreedman)

Ross Barnett: Has a background in ancient DNA and Pleistocene extinction studies. Now potters about looking after two kids and trys to keep himself occupied. (@DeepFriedDNA)

Tabitha Paterson: Studying an MSc in Palaeolithic Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology at University College, London. (@TabithaPaterson)

Rena Maguire: Specialises in equestrian archaeology, and (mostly) metallurgy expressed in Iron Age material culture, with a PhD examining equitation in Ireland using geochemical evidence from 2000 years ago. Rena’s research also examines the distribution, manufacture and ritual practices involving horses, and examines the links between Ireland and the rest of Europe. (@justrena)

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All the illustrations on this Blog are from the talented hand of Tabitha. She retains copyright for the images. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the illustrations or the Blog;

TwilightBeasts [at] gmail.com

8 Responses to About Us

  1. Hi there,

    Just wanted to leave a reply to your post on the Grand Canyon Miracinonyx. It was not size that lead us to determine the Grand Canyon fossil were the American “Cheetah” and not Puma. It was the morphology of the bones which are very distinct between the two species, even in juveniles.

  2. Great team! I’ve studied Palaeolithic archaeology in Florence, this blog is for me an Inspiration for my school activities! Thanks!!!!!

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  4. Richard (aka Me) says:

    I really, really enjoy this blog, by the way.

  5. This blog is exactly what I have been looking for. I won’t be sleeping tonight- thanks for that.
    GREAT writing, awesome content. I live in Texas, where my girlfriend and I just visited the colombian mammoth gravesite in Waco. I’d love to attempt a poetic breakdown of the experience if you think my writing style would qualify to be a “guest post.”


  6. Dennis Milam says:

    wonderful blog ! very informative and nicely written !

  7. Jean says:

    You should profile: muskox, narwhal…..yes, I’m up in Canada. But not that far north.

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