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Description - Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California by Richard P. Hilton

One of the most geologically complex and diverse states, California spent much of the age of dinosaurs under water. While most of the fossils found in the state are those of reptiles that lived in the sea (thalattosaurs, icythyosaurs, mosasaurs, plesiosaurs and turtles), some are those of birds and pterosaurs that soared above it. Other fossils come from terrestrial animals that died and were washed into the ocean. These include turtles, crocodiles, lizards and dinosaurs such as armoured ankylosaurs, duck-billed hadrosaurs and a variety of carnivorous dinosaurs. This text tells the unsung story of the dinosaurs and reptiles of land, sea and sky that lived in California and Baja California during the Mesozoic era (245 million - 65 million years ago), in addition to the history of their discovery. Illustrated with more than 300 photographs, paintings and drawings, this book provides geological and environmental details, describes the significance of the major fossils, and chronicles the adventures involved in the discovery, preparation and publishing of finds.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520233157
ISBN-10: 0520233158
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 216mm x 30mm)
Pages: 356
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard P. Hilton

Richard P. Hilton is Professor of Geology at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.