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Biological Mystery Series, Volume 6: Jurassic Creatures [Japanese]

Series: Biological Mystery Series [Japanese] Volume: 6

By: Ken Tsuchiya (Author)

168 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

Gijutsuhyōronsha

Hardback | Jun 2015 | #224883 | ISBN-13: 9784774174068
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About this book

Language: Japanese with scientific nomenclature

This series gives an unprecedented insight into the fascinating world of ancient creatures, and tickles and awakens the reader's intellectual curiosity.

Volume 6 focuses on the Jurassic fauna (from approximately 200 to 145 million years ago), which consisted mostly of dinosaurs. They received a heavy blow during the mass extinction at the end of the Triassic Period. Many dinosaurs that had remained small and survived flourished in the Jurassic and became the main protagonists on land. In the sea, too, marine reptiles flourished and evolved further. Mammals steadily diversified while remaining small. At the same time, turtles, small reptiles such as lizards, crocodiles  and amphibians such as frogs continued to evolve. Ammonoids rose again after their fall in the Triassic, and, quietly, birds started making their appearance.

Summary in Japanese:
魅惑的な古生物たちの世界。
知的好奇心をくすぐり、知的探究心を呼び起こし、そして何よりシンプルに面白い。
そんな世界を、みなさまにお届けします。

シリーズ6作目は「ジュラ紀の生物」。
恐竜を圧倒し大型化したクルロタルシ類は、三畳紀末の大量絶滅で大打撃を受ける。
比較的小型のまま推移していた恐竜類は大量絶滅期を乗り越え、ついに陸上の主役の座に躍り出る。
海中では、絶滅期をくぐり抜けた海棲爬虫類が隆盛を極め、魚竜、首長竜がさらなる進化を遂げる。

ジュラ紀は、恐竜や海棲爬虫類、翼竜ばかりに目が行きがちだが、他にもさまざまな生物が登場する。
細々ながら着実に多様化を進める哺乳類。
カメ、トカゲなどの小型爬虫類、進化を続けるワニ形類、カエルなどの両生類。
三畳紀に入って再び勃興したアンモナイト類も忘れてはならない。
そして、静かに登場する鳥類。
本書では、これまでに発見・報告されている始祖鳥標本の画像をすべて収録しているので、お見逃しなく。

生物ロマン溢れるジュラ紀。
この時代を生きた生物たちの姿を垣間見よう。


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