318 pages, 105 b/w photos, 98 col illus, 97 figs, 1 tab
Hilton expertly tells the story of the dinosaurs and reptiles of land, sea, and sky that lived in California and Baja California during the Mesozoic era. He provides geological and environmental details, describes the significance of the major fossils, and chronicles the adventures involved in the discovery, preparation and publishing of the finds.
`From a restricted but significant fossil record of Mesozoic reptiles, Hilton reconstructs the fascinating ecosystem that thrived on the ancient West Coast and provides a captivating narrative of its discoverers. This book is a must for anyone interested in the deep history of California and its adjacent regions.' Luis M Chiappe, coeditor of Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs
Other books describe the same types of dinosaurs and reptiles, but this one is unique in creating a complete picture of the Mesozoic era in California. The writing style is suitable for lay readers, but fossil descriptions and inventory make the work a valuable academic reference. Recommended for academic libraries, large public libraries with extensive paleontology collections, and California libraries.--"Library Journal
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