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Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Mark P. Witton
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31. Mai 2013
For 150 million years, the skies didn't belong to birds--they belonged to the pterosaurs. These flying reptiles, which include the pterodactyls, shared the world with the nonavian dinosaurs until their extinction 65 million years ago. Some pterosaurs, such as the giant azhdarchids, were the largest flying animals of all time, with wingspans exceeding thirty feet and standing heights comparable to modern giraffes. This richly illustrated book takes an unprecedented look at these astonishing creatures, presenting the latest findings on their anatomy, ecology, and extinction. Pterosaurs features some 200 stunning illustrations, including original paintings by Mark Witton and photos of rarely seen fossils. After decades of mystery, paleontologists have finally begun to understand how pterosaurs are related to other reptiles, how they functioned as living animals, and, despite dwarfing all other flying animals, how they managed to become airborne. Here you can explore the fossil evidence of pterosaur behavior and ecology, learn about the skeletal and soft-tissue anatomy of pterosaurs, and consider the newest theories about their cryptic origins. This one-of-a-kind book covers the discovery history, paleobiogeography, anatomy, and behaviors of more than 130 species of pterosaur, and also discusses their demise at the end of the Mesozoic. The most comprehensive book on pterosaurs ever published Features some 200 illustrations, including original paintings by the author Covers every known species and major group of pterosaurs Describes pterosaur anatomy, ecology, behaviors, diversity, and more Encourages further study with 500 references to primary pterosaur literature

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 291 Seiten
  • Verlag: Princeton Univers. Press (31. Mai 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0691150613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691150611
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 29,5 x 21,5 x 2,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 23.968 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)
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"A comprehensive introduction... Witton manages to make this an attractive book for the layperson and bring these flying fossils to life."-- Natural History "Witton's new tribute to pterosaurs gives these fantastic fossil creatures a much-needed makeover in two crucial ways. Not only does the book bring the science of pterosaurs up to date--at long last following-up other classics such as David Unwin's The Pterosaurs and Peter Wellenhofer's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Pterosaurs--but Witton is a highly-skilled and imaginative artist who ably reconstructs the bones of the animals and brings them back to life in startling poses. Witton's pterosaurs are fantastical creatures deserving their own time in the spotlight... Witton's combination of style and substance makes Pterosaurs a true treasure and an absolute must for anyone curious about the extinct flyers."--Brian Switek, National "This really is the ultimate guide to pterosaurs, providing us with a richer view of pterosaur diversity and behaviour than allowed in the two previous great volumes on the group (Wellnhofer 1991, Unwin 2005) and containing a substantial amount of review and analysis of pterosaur ecology and functional morphology."--Darren Naish, Scientific American "A solid review of the whole of the Pterosauria that'll be genuinely useful for researchers for many years. I'm sure I'll be typing 'Witton, (2013) stated ...' quite a lot in the future and that, if anything, should be a good measure of how I rate this as a scientific text. Now go buy a copy and read it, it really is very good."--Dave Hone, Pterosaur.Net "[Witton] presents the uncertainties of science but never shies away from making his opinion clear. [He] respects the complexities [of scientific writing] without allowing them to clump up the text... I can wholeheartedly recommend the book already."--David Mass, DRIP "Pterosaurs would make an excellent addition to any reference collection and especially that of an advanced (adult or young adult) lay-reader."--Greg Leitich Smith, GSL Blog "I can tell you that it is not only a fascinating bit of text, its illustrations will leave you gaping in awestruck amazement."--John E. Riutta, Well-read Naturalist "[Witton] combines his deep knowledge of the subject as a palaeontologist at the University of Portsmouth (U.K.) with his skills as an artist, and he has a flair for informal but accurate writing. His 292-page book is the most comprehensive and authoritative book to come along since Peter Wellnhofer's classic Illustrated Encyclopedia of Pterosaurs back in 1991."--James Gurney, artist and author of the Dinotopia book series "The joy of Pterosaurs is how it brings long extinct animals to life."--Jeff Hecht, New Scientist "Learn all about flying reptiles in this artfully illustrated overview of pterosaur research."-- Science News "Highly recommended."-- "Once dragons flew through Mesozoic skies! They were pterosaurs, and Witton offers a rich and extensive account of what science knows about these extinct creatures... For those who want an introduction to flying reptiles or the craft of scientific research, this title is a great choice."--Eileen H. Kramer, Library Journal "Beautifully laid out, clearly written, loaded with handsome illustrations, Witton's book invites you to dip in for delicious tidbits or hunker down for the equivalent of a superb lecture series."--Wilson's Bookmarks, Christianity Today "This is a book of impeccable scholarship, but it is also very readable for the non-scholar and amateur pterosaurophile... A wonderful book!"--Rabbi Dr Charles H Middleburgh, Middleburgh Blog "Though the writing style clearly targets the book to nonexperts, it does not dilute its realized value for professional paleontologists or teachers of paleontology. This is a very skillful presentation: a brief introductory paragraph or two leads quickly into an advanced discussion. The illustrations are excellent, including nice reconstructions by the author and very high-quality photographic reproductions of original key fossils. Overall, this is a very well-done book that belongs in any library with a vertebrate paleontology collection."-- Choice

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Mark P. Witton is a paleontologist in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. He has served as a technical consultant for "Walking with Dinosaurs 3D" and many other film and television productions. His illustrations of pterosaurs, dinosaurs, and other prehistoric creatures have appeared in numerous publications, including "Science" and newspapers around the world.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen only 3 chapters in, but already recommend highly 11. Juni 2013
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I’m far from capable of reviewing it as I’ve only read the first 3 chapters (in about as many minutes), but it’s safe to say that my day is saved. More feedback later, but here a two-pointer spoiler for those of you anticipating your copies:

Mark has a gift. He presents the uncertainties of science but never shies away from making his opinion clear. With historical cases, he complements via omission, neglecting to name the workers behind outlandish ideas, while highlighting those who were precociously on the mark. With more modern workers, he presents the ideas with open sympathy, even when discussing Peter’s hypothesis, only to summarize point for point why it seems “the most unlikely hypothesis currently under consideration”.

Similarly, he respects the complexities without allowing them to clump up the text. In a subnote, he writes: “I’ve stuck with the term “protorosaurs” at the time of writing, for the sake of brevity and readability. Readers are invited mentally substitute something like “nonarchosauriform archosauromorphs” for every use of “protorosaur” if they feel like being more taxonomically savvy.” Of course, I will now spend the rest of the week trying to slip “nonarchosauriform archosaromorph” in as many casual conversations as possible. How cool is that?

Again, Mark has a gift, and I say this as someone who never tires of telling people that anyone can draw assuming that they do, in fact, draw. Mark isn’t the craftiest of illustrators, but I wouldn’t change a single of his drawings for any pile of slickness. Mark understands illustration, and he illustrates. As opposed to visualizing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Womderful book! 23. Oktober 2013
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that book is amazing. It shows in a detailled way how pterosaurs lived and how they anatomy worked in their specific environment. I really enjoyed reading that book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy 2. Juli 2013
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A great source book from someone who seems to eat, drink and sleep Pterosaurs. Witton covers everything imaginable from theories of what the forebears of pterosaurs might have been, up through a detailed examination of the amazing structure underlying what appear to be simple leather wings and the probable ecological niches each species inhabited and adapted to... to how they walked on the ground and launched themselves into the air. All with great illustrations. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic guide 30. August 2013
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As a high school senior who is very interested in Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs, I found this book highly entertaining and informative. Also, the art is fantastic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great paleontology book 20. August 2013
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This is an excellent book on pterosaurs. It is well written, scientifically up to date, and readily understood by the non expert. The numerous illustrations by the author depicting the latest findings/theories on pterosaur anatomy and behaviour are beautiful and informative. I have read numerous popular books on paleontology and this may be my favorite.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Comprehensive reference 10. Juli 2013
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If, like me, you're an amateur who has been following a variety of paleontology blogs, you may have already encountered some of the discoveries described by Witton, or even seen some of his artwork before. But this is everything in one place, giving an entertaining overview of the state of the art in pterosaur research. I read it straight through, and I expect to refer back to it many times.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen useful but a near miss 7. November 2013
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This book is an excellent update for students of pterosaur evolution. In spite of its odd sprinkling of silly slang, only graduate students in this field would find it easy to read due to its large amount of terminology best left to pterosaur specialists.

Its most glaring shortcoming is that its numerous maps of pterosaur distribution completely ignore the known location of the continents when these animals lived.
There are numerous illustrations of pterosaurs taking to flight. They are identically posed, for easy comparison, but that lends a sameness to them.

In spite of these shortcomings, the author has gone to considerable effort to do an exhaustive job in covering recent advances in our knowlege of pterosaurs. It is well-illustrated and is a good reference work at a reasonable price.
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