Witton, Mark P.

For 150 million years the skies belonged to the pterosaurs. These flying reptiles, which include the pterodactyls, shared the world with the nonavian dinosaurs until their extinction 65 million years ago. Some pterosaurs, such as the giant azhdarchids, had wingspans exceeding thirty feet and standing heights comparable to modern giraffes. This richly illustrated book takes an unprecedented look at these astonishing creatures, presenting the latest findings on their anatomy, ecology, and extinction. After decades of mystery, palaeontologists have finally begun to understand how pterosaurs are related to other reptiles, how they functioned as living animals, and, how, despite their size, they managed to become airborne. Here you can explore the fossil evidence of pterosaur behaviour and ecology, learn about the skeletal and soft-tissue anatomy of pterosaurs, and consider the newest theories about their cryptic origins. This one-of-a-kind book covers the discovery history, paleobiogeography, anatomy, and behaviours of more than 130 species of pterosaur, and also discusses their demise at the end of the Mesozoic. The most comprehensive book on pterosaurs ever published.

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Princeton University Press, June 2013.  304 pages, hard cover,  dustwrapper, colour and black and white illustrations, photographs, line drawings, maps.


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Weight 1490 g