Location: Neil Chalmers Seminar Room at the Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom
10 September 2013 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Some pterosaurs, such as the giant azhdarchids, were the largest flying animals of all time, with wingspans exceeding nine metres and standing heights comparable to modern giraffes.
After decades of mystery, palaeontologists have finally begun to understand how these winged lizards are related to other reptiles, how they functioned as living animals and how they managed to become airborne.
Join Mark Witton, palaeontologist at the University of Portsmouth and author of a new book Pterosaurs, and learn about the latest findings on their anatomy, ecology, behavior and extinction.
Cost: £5.50 ($8.35)
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Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy
Mark P. Witton
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.
“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, National Geographic.com
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
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.