Ecology and Behaviour of Mesozoic Reptiles / Edition 1

Ecology and Behaviour of Mesozoic Reptiles / Edition 1

by John L. Cloudsley-Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 3642061249

ISBN-13: 9783642061240

Pub. Date: 11/09/2010

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

This richly illustrated book clothes the skeletons of dinosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles with flesh, and shows how these fascinating animals evolved and probably lived. Expert author John L. Cloudsley-Thompson synthesizes current views on ecology, physiology and behaviour, and outlines the various hypotheses that have been proposed to explain their extinction.

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Overview

This richly illustrated book clothes the skeletons of dinosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles with flesh, and shows how these fascinating animals evolved and probably lived. Expert author John L. Cloudsley-Thompson synthesizes current views on ecology, physiology and behaviour, and outlines the various hypotheses that have been proposed to explain their extinction. Numerous beautiful drawings of the animals and their environment illustrate this exciting monograph.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642061240
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
0.49(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

1. Classification 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Amphibians 1.3 Reptiles 1.4 Note on Colouration 2. Diversification of Palaeozoic Reptiles 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Continental Drift 2.3 Reptilian Ancestors 2.4 Anapsid Reptiles 2.5 Synapsid Reptiles 3. The Mesozoic Environment 3.1 Introduction 3.2 The Triassic Period 3.3 The Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods 4. Amphibious Mesozoic Reptiles 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Locomotion 4.3 Testudines 4.4 Placodonts and Nothosaurs 4.5 Thalattosaurs, Mosasaurs and Other Sea Lizards 4.6 Champsosaurs, Phytosaurs and Crocodilians 5. Plesiosaurs and Ichthyosaurs 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Swimming 5.3 Plesiosaurs 5.4 Ichthyosaurs 6. Aerial Mesozoic Reptiles 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Gliding Reptiles 6.3 Pterosaur Flight 6.4 Locomotion on the Ground 6.5 Rhamphorynchoids 6.6 Pterodactyloids 6.7 Life styles 6.8 Extinction 6.9 Summary 7. Terrestrial Mesozoic Reptiles 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Quadrupedal Locomotion 7.3 Bipedal Locomotion 7.4 Weight and Size Limits 7.5 Physiology 7.6 Tachymetabolism 7.7 Brachymetabolic Thermoregulation 7.8 Hair and Feathers 7.9 Conclusions 8. Therapsids, Anapsids and Early Diapsids 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Therapsids and the Origin of Mammals 8.3 Anapsids 8.4 Early Diapsids 9. The Dinosaurs: Weapons, Display and Reproduction 9.1 The Earliest Dinosaurs 9.2 Dinosaur Weapons 9.3 Reproduction 10. Herbivorous Dinosaurs 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Teeth, Gastroliths and Digestion 10.3 Basal Sauropodomorphs –Prosauropods 10.4 Sauropods 10.5 Herbivorous Bipeds 10.6 Horned, Plated and Armoured Dinosaurs 11. Carnivorous Dinosaurs 11.1 Introduction 11.2 Dentition 11.3 Ceratosaurs 11.4 Carnosaurs 11.5 The Origin of Birds 12. The Cretaceous Extinction 12.1 Introduction 12.2 Terminal Mesozoic Events 12.3 Dinosaur Extinction: Improbable Hypotheses 12.4 Catastrophic Hypotheses 12.5 Gradualist Hypotheses 12.6 Conclusion Epilogue Bibliography Subject Index

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