Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons

Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons

by Christopher McGowan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674207707
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1992
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christopher McGowan is Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and Professor of Zoology at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

Material Things

Primary Data

How the Vertebrate Skeleton Works

Reading a Dinosaur Skeleton

A Matter of Scale

What's Hot and What's Not

Brains and Intellect

Not Wholly a Fish

The Mechanics of Swimming

The Sea Dragons

The Winged Phantom

Out with a Whimper or a Bang?

Epilogue

Notes

References

Credits

Index

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Dinosaurs are so popular that we often neglect the even more fascinating reptiles of their time that evolved in the most unreptilian habitats of sea (ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and their allies) and air (pterosaurs). McGowan, world's leading expert on ichthyosaurs, and a fine writer as well, tells their wonderful story better than ever before--and doesn't neglect the more conventional dinosaurs either.

Stephen Jay Gould

Dinosaurs are so popular that we often neglect the even more fascinating reptiles of their time that evolved in the most unreptilian habitats of sea (ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and their allies) and air (pterosaurs). McGowan, world's leading expert on ichthyosaurs, and a fine writer as well, tells their wonderful story better than ever before--and doesn't neglect the more conventional dinosaurs either.

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JNSelko on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A wonderful primer, especially on the non-dinosaur denizens of the air and sea between the permian and KT extinctions.