Download e-book for kindle: Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy by Mark P. Witton

By Mark P. Witton

ISBN-10: 0691150613

ISBN-13: 9780691150611

For one hundred fifty million years, the skies did not belong to birds--they belonged to the pterosaurs. those flying reptiles, which come with the pterodactyls, shared the area with the nonavian dinosaurs until eventually their extinction sixty five million years in the past. a few pterosaurs, similar to the enormous azhdarchids, have been the biggest flying animals of all time, with wingspans exceeding thirty toes and status heights akin to smooth giraffes. This richly illustrated ebook takes an exceptional examine those amazing creatures, offering the most recent findings on their anatomy, ecology, and extinction.

Pterosaurs positive aspects a few two hundred attractive illustrations, together with unique work by way of Mark Witton and photographs of infrequently visible fossils. After a long time of poser, paleontologists have eventually started to appreciate how pterosaurs are with regards to different reptiles, how they functioned as residing animals, and, regardless of dwarfing all different flying animals, how they controlled to develop into airborne. right here you could discover the fossil facts of pterosaur habit and ecology, find out about the skeletal and soft-tissue anatomy of pterosaurs, and think about the latest theories approximately their cryptic origins. This exceptional booklet covers the invention background, paleobiogeography, anatomy, and behaviors of greater than a hundred thirty species of pterosaur, and likewise discusses their loss of life on the finish of the Mesozoic.

  • The so much accomplished publication on pterosaurs ever released
  • Features a few two hundred illustrations, together with unique work via the writer
  • Covers each recognized species and significant staff of pterosaurs
  • Describes pterosaur anatomy, ecology, behaviors, range, and extra
  • Encourages additional learn with 500 references to fundamental pterosaur literature

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