The Age of Reptiles
Courier Corporation, 18 de mar. de 1997 - 252 páginas
Concise detailed review — amply illustrated — of the astonishing creatures that ruled the earth for some 180 million years, with particular emphasis on the tetrapods (four-legged vertebrates that lived during the years of reptilian dominance). Also examines interrelationships between amphibians and reptiles, birds and mammals, and between these creatures and their environments.
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Time Tetrapods and Fossils
Beginning of the Age of Reptiles
Early Reptilian Rulers of the Land
Supremacy of the Reptiles
The First Wave of Extinction
New Ruling Reptiles
Dominance of the Dinosaurs
A New World Foreshadowed
Zenith of the Dinosaurs
The Great Extinction
abundant adapted Age of Reptiles amphibians ancestors ancient animals appear areas Asia beds beginning Belly River birds bones climates close complete continental continents course deposits dinosaurs dominant early earth environments especially Europe evidence evolution evolutionary extended extinction fauna feet Figure final fishes formation fossils genera geologic giant groups horned ichthyosaurs indicate inhabited Jurassic known land land-living late Cretaceous late Jurassic later length lines lived lizards localities lower mammals marine Mesozoic middle middle Triassic Morrison North America northern numbers oceans opening ORDER original particularly past perhaps period Permian plants Plate plesiosaurs present primitive probably recent record region relationships remains reptilian rocks sauropods seas sediments seen skeleton skull South Africa southern specialized stage successful Table teeth teleost tetrapods tropical turtles types upper Cretaceous upper Triassic varied various vertebrates western widely zone