This weekend, I turned 30 years old. It’s a milestone for me, of course, but it reminded me about how much can change in 30 years. 30 years ago the dinosaur film was Land Before Time, when dinosaurs were inspired by the works of Charles Knight and William Stout before the Jurassic Park paradigm took over. 30 years ago, the Berlin Wall still stood dividing Germany, the first Bush became president coasting in on Reagan’s popularity, and computer graphics in film were limited to a short by Pixar.
There were many milestone in paleontology as well-new species were described, that would become iconic many years later. So, I’ve decided to showcase all the fossil tetrapods described in 1988. I can’t go into any depth about each, but there will be quite a few of them, so hold on your butts.