Callaway, Jack M. & Nicholls, Elizabeth L., eds. (Gorden L. Bell, Eric Buffetaut, Kenneth Carpenter, Robert M. Carroll, Rachel Collin, Robert K. Denton, James L. Dobie, David K. Elliott, Marta Fernandez, Zulma Garsparini, Hans Hagdorn, et al.)
Title ANCIENT MARINE REPTILES.
Publisher Academic Press, San Diego, 1997, second printing.
Seller ID 19984
501 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), hard cover (glazed pictorial boards) - no dust jacket. ISBN 0121552101 B&w photographs, drawings, maps, etc. "Vertebrate evolution has led to the convergent appearance of many groups of originally terrestrial animal s that now live in the sea. Among these groups are familiar mammals like whales, dolphins, and seals. There are also reptilian lineages that have become sea creatures (like plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, thalattosaurs, and other). M o s t o f these marine reptiles, often wrongly called 'dinosaurs' are extinct. (This book) is devoted to these extinct groups of marine reptiles. These reptilian analogs represent useful models of the myriad adaptations that permit tetrapods t o li ve i n t he ocean. Key features: First book in more than 80 years devoted exclusively to fossil marine reptiles; Documents the most current research on extinct marine reptiles; Prepared by the world's most prominent experts in the field; W el l i llu str at ed. " P revious owner's small stamp on front pastedown, minor rubbing on glossy boards. Very Good+