Ancient Marine Reptiles

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Jack M. Callaway, Elizabeth L. Nicholls
Academic Press, Mar 12, 1997 - Science - 501 pages
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Vertebrate evolution has led to the convergent appearance of many groups of originally terrestrial animals that now live in the sea. Among these groups are familiar mammals like whales, dolphins, and seals. There are also reptilian lineages (like plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, thalattosaurs, and others) that have become sea creatures. Most of these marine reptiles, often wrongly called "dinosaurs", are extinct. This edited book is devoted to these extinct groups of marine reptiles. These reptilian analogs represent useful models of the myriad adaptations that permit tetrapods to live in the ocean.
  • 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
  • Well illustrated
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Paleobiogeography of Shastasaurus
17
Chapter 2 A New Look at Mixosaurus
45
Chapter 3 A Transitional Ichthyosaur Fauna
61
Chapter 4 Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Tooth Implantation in Ichthyosaurs
81
Sauropterygia
105
Chapter 5 Paleobiogeography of Middle Triassic Sauropterygia in Central and Western Europe
121
Chapter 6 Morphological and Taxonomic Clarification of the Genus Plesiosaurus
145
Chapter 7 Comparative Cranial Anatomy of Two North American Cretaceous Plesiosaurs
191
Chapter 8 Distribution and Diversity of Cretaceous Chelonioids
225
Chapter 9 Desmatochelys lowi a Marine Turtle from the Upper Cretaceous
243
Chapter 10 The Paleogeography of Marine and Coastal Turtles of the North Atlantic and TransSaharan Regions
259
Mosasauridae
279
Chapter 11 A Phylogenetic Revision of North American and Adriatic Mosasauroidea
293
Chapter 12 Ecological Implications of Mosasaur Bone Microstructure
333
Crocodylia
355
Faunas Behavior and Evolution
399

PART III Testudines
217

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About the author (1997)

Elizabeth Nicholls is Curator of Marine Reptiles at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. She graduated in paleontology from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), where she first became interested in fossil marine reptiles while working for S.P. Welles. Subsequent degrees (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) were completed at the University of Calgary. Her study focus there was Cretaceous marine reptiles ofthe Western Interior Seaway. Her research includes publications on dinosaurs, ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, thalattosaurs, and Cretaceous sea turtles.

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