The Pterosauria

ISBN 13: 9780521518956

The Pterosauria

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Pterosaurs are the earliest vertebrates known to have evolved powered flight. This core reference work summarises state-of-the-art research on pterosaur taxonomy, phylogeny and evolutionary history, as well as recent advances in our understanding of pterosaur diversity and the distribution of these creatures. Compiled by a team of more than 20 experts from 8 different countries, this work provides the most extensive account yet written of pterosaur systematics. Highlights include detailed reviews of the geology and palaeontology of principal pterosaur localities; comprehensive accounts of pterosaur biogeography and preservation; detailed systematic reviews of the more than 130 species of pterosaur described so far; and the first detailed account of pterosaur evolution to include important new finds such as Darwinopterus. Illustrated with unique line drawings and photographs, The Pterosauria is a one-stop resource for academics, students of palaeontology, geology and biology, and amateur enthusiasts interested in these flying reptiles.

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This core reference work, by a team of international experts, provides the most extensive account available of pterosaur taxonomy, phylogeny, systematics and evolutionary history. It provides a one-stop resource for academics, students of palaeontology, geology and biology, and amateur enthusiasts interested in these flying reptiles.

About the Author:

David Martill is a leading expert on Mesozoic vertebrate palaeontology and the preservation of exceptional fossils. He first became interested in pterosaurs when he met Dave Unwin in the 1980s and the two of them worked on the exceptional preservation of the pterosaur flight membrane. After completing his Ph.D. on the preservation and palaeoecology of Jurassic marine reptiles at the University of Leicester David undertook postdoctoral research as a Harkness Fellow at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. After a spell at the Open University he moved to the University of Portsmouth where his research has concentrated on Cretaceous dinosaurs and pterosaurs and the fauna of the famous Crato Formation of Brazil. His field work has included expeditions to discover dinosaurs and pterosaurs in Brazil, Chile, Malawi, Morocco and Germany.

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