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The Resource Sea dragons : predators of the prehistoric oceans, Richard Ellis

Sea dragons : predators of the prehistoric oceans, Richard Ellis

Label
Sea dragons : predators of the prehistoric oceans
Title
Sea dragons
Title remainder
predators of the prehistoric oceans
Statement of responsibility
Richard Ellis
Title variation
Predators of the prehistoric oceans
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the days when dinosaurs dominated the earth, their marine counterparts--every bit as big and ferocious--reigned supreme in prehistoric seas. In this entrancing book, Richard Ellis, one of the world's foremost writers on the denizens of the deep, takes us back to the Mesozoic era to resurrect the fascinating lives of these giant seagoing reptiles. Working from the fossil record, Ellis explores the natural history of these fierce predators, speculates on their habits, and tells how they eventually became extinct--or did they? He traces the 200-million-year history of the great ichthyosaur, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs who swam the ancient oceans--and who, according to some, may even still frequent the likes of Loch Ness. Picture if you will seventy-foot dragons with foot-long serrated teeth, or an animal that looked like a crocodile crossed with a shark the size of a small yacht. With its impossibly long neck, "Plesiosaurus conybeari has been compared to "a giant snake threaded through the body of a turtle" At a length of nearly sixty feet, "Mosasaurus hoffmanni boasted powerful jaws and teeth that could crunch up even the hardest-shelled giant sea turtle. And "Kronosaurus queenslandicus, perhaps the most formidable of the lot, had a skull nine feet long--more than twice that of "Tyrannosaurus rex--with teeth to match. The first book about these amazing animals in nearly a century, "Sea Dragons draws upon the most recent scientific research to vividly reconstruct their lives and habitats. Their fossils have been found all over the world--in Europe, Australia, Japan, and even Kansas--in lands that once lay on the floors of Jurassic and Triassic seas. Along the way, the book also providesintriguing insights into and entertaining tales about the work, discoveries, and competing theories that compose the fascinating world of vertebrate paleontology. Ellis also graces his text with a set of incomparable illustrations. Widely hailed as our foremost artist of marine natural history, he depicts vividly how these creatures probably appeared and, through these likenesses, invites us to speculate on their very lifestyles. A genuine book of marvels and wonders, "Sea Dragons will certainly stir one's curiosity about our planet's prehistoric past
Cataloging source
DLC
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QE861
LC item number
.E45 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Sea dragons : predators of the prehistoric oceans, Richard Ellis
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [261]-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction--
  • Isn't that the Loch Ness monster?
  • The marine reptiles
  • The ichthyosaurs
  • The plesiosaurs
  • The pliosaurs
  • The Mosasaurs
  • The "reason" for extinction
Control code
51931091
Dimensions
24cm
Extent
xii, 313 pages
Isbn
9780700612697
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003006871
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Sea dragons : predators of the prehistoric oceans, Richard Ellis
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [261]-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction--
  • Isn't that the Loch Ness monster?
  • The marine reptiles
  • The ichthyosaurs
  • The plesiosaurs
  • The pliosaurs
  • The Mosasaurs
  • The "reason" for extinction
Control code
51931091
Dimensions
24cm
Extent
xii, 313 pages
Isbn
9780700612697
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003006871
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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