Ecology and Behaviour of Mesozoic Reptiles by Badi H. Baltagi

By Badi H. Baltagi

Our wisdom of extinct animals relies virtually fullyyt upon the research of fossils. This richly illustrated booklet outfits the skeletons of dinosaurs and different Mesozoic reptiles with flesh, and exhibits how those attention-grabbing animals developed and doubtless lived. specialist writer John L. Cloudsley-Thompson offers a fascinating synthesis of present perspectives on their ecology, body structure and behavior, and descriptions some of the hypotheses which have been proposed to give an explanation for their extinction. a variety of appealing drawings of the animals and their setting illustrate this interesting monograph.

Show description

Read or Download Ecology and Behaviour of Mesozoic Reptiles PDF

Best animals books

Amphibians of Belarus

This publication summarizes the result of a long term research of amphibian distribution, ecology and morphology within the Republic of Belarus. For all amphibian species reminiscent of Triturus vulgaris, T. cristatus, Bombina bombina, Pelobates fuscus, Bufo bufo, B. viridis, B. calamita, Hyla arborea, Rana temporaria, R.

Conservation Tourism

The results of tourism at the ecology and ordinary setting of vacationer locations are hotly debated and study has extended within the box of ecotourism and sustainability. This ebook considers the confident contributions that tourism could make to the conservation of world biodiversity via reviewing and analysing the industrial and political contributions of tourism to conservation via institution of non-public online game and flora and fauna reserves, resorts and vacationer amenities.

Protecting Marine Mammals (Wildlife Protection, Estruction and Extinction Series)

This e-book summarises felony and political occasions concerning energetic sonar and marine mammals. whereas strandings and mortality of marine mammals, basically beaked whales, were saw in concurrence with mid-frequency sonar operation, extra controversy has interested by the advance of low-frequency energetic (LFA) sonar.

Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives (Marine Biology)

Winner of selection Magazine’s remarkable educational identify award, January 2005! Sharks and their kin are the topics of large curiosity. The public’s fascination is encouraged via their roles in videos and renowned literature, whereas the media races to hide tales of predators endangering helpless people.

Extra resources for Ecology and Behaviour of Mesozoic Reptiles

Sample text

These included some of the turtles (Testudines or Chelonia), the placodonts, nothosaurs, and plesiosaurs (‘near lizards’; Sauropterygia), sea croco- 24 Amphibious and Early Marine Mesozoic Reptiles diles (geosaurs and thalattosuchians: Archosauria) and the Ichthyosauria, which were the most dramatically adapted of them all. A total of seven subclasses or orders – either entirely or in a large portion – became aquatic and returned to the waters in which their distant rhipidistian ancestors originally evolved.

The factors that most influence the ways in which animals have evolved and specialised are, first, the environment in which they live and move and, second, what they feed on. Tetrapod reptiles evolved and first diversified on land. Some of them then returned to water and became adapted for swimming; others developed wings and took to the air like birds. (The theropod origin of the latter forms the subject matter of Sect. ) The majority of reptiles, however, remained on land. These will be discussed in Chapters 7–11.

27) and the thalattosaurs. Thalattosaurus from the Upper Triassic of California was somewhat smaller than Tylosaurus, but both had paddle-like limbs and elongated skulls. As with many aquatic animals, the neck and body were long and slim in Thalattosaurus, the tail elongated so that the animal would have swum in an eel-like fashion, using its feet mainly for steering and braking. They were also used on land when the animals came ashore to lay their eggs. Askeptosaurus (Fig. 28) had long jaws and many sharp teeth – good for catching fish (Sect.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.09 of 5 – based on 11 votes