Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy

Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy

by Mark P. Witton
     
 

"This book is both academically interesting and truly fun to read. That is a difficult balance to reach, but Witton does an excellent job of it by using a lighthearted, informal writing style in combination with a well-referenced, serious scientific review. An invaluable reference."—Michael Habib, University of Southern California

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"This book is both academically interesting and truly fun to read. That is a difficult balance to reach, but Witton does an excellent job of it by using a lighthearted, informal writing style in combination with a well-referenced, serious scientific review. An invaluable reference."—Michael Habib, University of Southern California

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691150611
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
06/23/2013
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
632,856
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

ix Preface
xi Acknowledgments
1.Leathery-Winged Harpies 1
2.Understanding the Flying Reptiles 4
3.Pterosaur Beginnings 12
4.The Pterosaur Skeleton 23
5.Soft Bits 39
6.Flying Reptiles 56
7.Down from the Skies 64
8.The Private Lives of Pterosaurs 74
9.The Diversity of Pterosaurs 90
10.Early Pterosaurs and Dimorphodontidae 95
11.Anurognathidae 104
12."Campylognathoidids" 113
13.Rhamphorhynchidae 123
14.Wukongopteridae 135
15.Istiodactylidae 143
16.Ornithocheiridae 152
17.Boreopteridae 164
18.Pteranodontia 170
19.Ctenochasmatoidea 183
20.Dsungaripteroidea 201
21.Lonchodectidae 211
22.Tapejaridae 216
23.Chaoyangopteridae 228
24.Thalassodromidae 234
25.Azhdarchidae 244
26.The Rise and Fall of the Pterosaur Empire 259
References 265
Index 283

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