The Princeton Field Guide to Pterosaurs by Gregory S. Paul (Hardback)

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Published:
07 Jun 2022
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
184 pages
Dimensions:
279.4x215.9x22mm
Weight:
1.066kgs
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Once seen by some as evolutionary dead-enders, pterosaurs were vigorous winged reptiles capable of thriving in an array of habitats and climates, including polar winters. This field guide to pterosaurs transforms our understanding of these great Mesozoic archosaurs of the air. It covers 115 pterosaur species and features illustrations of pterosaurs ranging in size from swallows to small sailplanes, some with enormous, bizarre head crests and elongated beaks. It discusses the history of pterosaurs through 160 million years of the Mesozoic - including their anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, growth, and extinction - and even gives a taste of what it might be like to travel back to the Mesozoic.

The most up-to-date and authoritative illustrated guide to the marvelous flying reptiles that dominated the skies of the Mesozoic for 160 million years

Once seen by some as evolutionary dead-enders, pterosaurs were vigorous winged reptiles capable of thriving in an array of habitats and climates, including polar winters. The Princeton Field Guide to Pterosaurs transforms our understanding of these great Mesozoic archosaurs of the air. This incredible guide covers 115 pterosaur species and features stunning illustrations of pterosaurs ranging in size from swallows to small sailplanes, some with enormous, bizarre head crests and elongated beaks. It discusses the history of pterosaurs through 160 million years of the Mesozoic-including their anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, growth, and extinction-and even gives a taste of what it might be like to travel back to the Mesozoic. This one-of-a-kind guide also challenges the common image of big pterosaurs as ultralights that only soared, showing how these spectacular creatures could be powerful flappers as heavy as bears.

Features detailed species accounts of 115 different kinds of pterosaurs, with the latest size and mass estimatesWritten and illustrated by the acclaimed researcher and artist who helped to redefine the anatomy and flight performance of pterosaursCovers everything from pterosaur biology to the colorful history of pterosaur paleontologyIncludes dozens of original skeletal drawings and full-color life studies

About the Author: Gregory S. Paul is a renowned researcher and illustrator who helped establish the "new look" of pterosaurs, dinosaurs, and other Mesozoic creatures seen in contemporary movies and documentaries. His books include The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs (Princeton) and Predatory Dinosaurs of the World: A Complete Illustrated Guide. His work has appeared in leading publications such as National Geographic, Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Smithsonian, and Natural History.

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