Ancient Marine Reptiles by Jack M. Callaway (Editor), Elizabeth L. Nicholls (Editor)

By Jack M. Callaway (Editor), Elizabeth L. Nicholls (Editor)

Vertebrate evolution has ended in the convergent visual appeal of many teams of initially terrestrial animals that now stay within the sea. between those teams are widespread mammals like whales, dolphins, and seals. There also are reptilian lineages (like plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, thalattosaurs, and others) that experience develop into sea creatures. each one of these marine reptiles, frequently wrongly referred to as "dinosaurs", are extinct. This edited booklet is dedicated to those extinct teams of marine reptiles. those reptilian analogs symbolize worthy types of the myriad variations that let tetrapods to dwell within the ocean. Key good points* First ebook in additional than eighty years committed solely to fossil marine reptiles* records the most up-tp-date learn on extinct marine reptiles* ready by way of the world's so much favourite specialists within the box* good illustrated

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Patronage and privilege in education: a Devon boy goes to school, 1798. Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science 110:95-111. Fowles, J. 4 Short History of Lyme Regis. Dovecote Press, Wimborne, Dorset, 53 PP. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, I~. 1825. rique, Gavialis, Teleosaurus, et Steneosaurus etc. Mdmoires de la Musdum d 'Histoire Naturelle de Paris 12:97-155. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 15.. 1828. McSmoireot~ l'on se propose de rechercher dans quels rapports de structure organique et de parent6 sont entre eux les animaux des ,qges historiques, et vivant actuellement, et les esp6ces ant6diluviennes et perdues.

P. Welles, followed in the next two decades by L. B. Halstead, C. McGowan, E. -M. Mazin, and J. A. Robinson---to name just a few---kept the field alive until the start of today's new Golden Age. It is not only a Golden Age of research. New finds of marine reptiles have been acquired and old ones renovated in museums from Bristol through London to Brussels, reflecting the overwhelming importance of marine reptiles rather than dinosaurs in the fossil reptile faunas of many areas; plesiosaurs are famous again, supposedly the most likely candidates for the fabulous Monster of Loch Ness (Gibson and Heppell, 1988; Scott and Rines, 1975); ichthyosaurs are displayed in situ in the United States; Lyme Regis is once again the home of a small community of professional fossil collectors, selling their ichthyosaurs to visitors in the tradition of Mary Anning; and amateur collectors are increasingly following in their Victorian and Edwardian forebears' footsteps in recovering fossils from quarries and coastal exposures.

Vol. the popular mind was divided as to whether these images were inferior imitations, on a large scale, of certain animals at the Zoological Gardens ... creations of some eccentricperson's imagination... [or] placed there with the pious purpose of setting clearly before the eyes of the public, as a ? el Figure 5. e.. Mesozoic] Island" of c. 1855 at the Crystal Palace, south London; far from being confined to dinosaurs. these reconstructions included a much fuller range of fossil saurians, including several marine reptiles.

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