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 dwell within the sea. between those teams are prevalent mammals like whales, dolphins, and seals. There also are reptilian lineages (like plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, thalattosaurs, and others) that experience turn into sea creatures. almost all these marine reptiles, usually wrongly referred to as "dinosaurs", are extinct. This edited e-book is dedicated to those extinct teams of marine reptiles. those reptilian analogs characterize valuable types of the myriad diversifications that allow tetrapods to reside within the ocean. Key positive factors* First booklet in additional than eighty years committed completely to fossil marine reptiles* records the most up-tp-date learn on extinct marine reptiles* ready via the world's such a lot widespread specialists within the box* good illustrated
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Perhaps Lyell was right in his cyclical view of history. SUMMARY Contemporary emphasis on dinosaurs should not be allowed to obscure the historical significance of the fossil marine reptiles in stimulating the early development of vertebrate paleontology. The early work on ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs in Britain by W. D. Conybeare and colleagues exemplifies the development of vertebrate paleontology as a maturing science with a significant practical and theoretical infrastructure. The marine reptiles were especially important in "natural theology" antievolutionary interpretations of the fossil record and, conversely, in the case of the crocodiles, in early transmutationist interpretations by Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire.