Author Archives: twilightbeasts

On the shoulders of giants

In 1835 the young, and somewhat cavalier, Charles Darwin landed for the first time on the Galapagos archipelago. As well as sending hundreds of specimens back to England, Darwin enjoyed exploring the islands and watching the local species in their … Continue reading

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The Evolution Underground

My daughter froze. She had just been hopping across the coarse, sun-baked sand bank to paddle and splash in the cold, clear River Teign. Giggling, she skipped back across the gravely sand, where she would turn and repeat the process, as … Continue reading

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No Bullwinkle

On Twilight Beasts you will hopefully have seen some of the amazing mummified animals of the Pleistocene. Some of these mummies may even be like old familiar friends to you: the woolly mammoths Lyuba, Buttercup, Khroma, Dima, Yuka, and Mascha, … Continue reading

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Battle of the Birds

I grew up in an area on the shoulder of a forested mountain, beside a series of lakes which are speckled with modern crannogs, replacements of ancient originals which are long gone. The shores and islets are rich in birdlife, … Continue reading

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Horned Armadillos and Rafting Monkeys

Walking back along the sandy path I could feel the refreshing cool air on my bare shoulders. The sun was starting to make its way down the horizon, turning the sky to fire. Rustling in the branches in the overhanging … Continue reading

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Open your eyes and see beauty

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”  Anthony Doerr, 2015. She is beautiful: She is quite possibly the most beautiful thing in the room. I have travelled to America to see her, and … Continue reading

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The most (and least) read blog posts of 2016

A huge thank you to all our readers for another wonderful year of Twilight Beasts! For some reason we didn’t receive our annual ‘summary of’ breakdown, so we shall pull it together for you! Thank you for all your continued … Continue reading

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