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Pterosauriërs: Vliegende Tijdgenoten Van De Dinosauriërs [Pterosaurs: Flying Contemporaries of the Dinosaurs]

By: Mark P Witton(Author), Ilja Nieuwland(Author), André J Veldmeijer(Author)
130 pages, 152 colour & 29 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Sidestone Press
Pterosauriërs: Vliegende Tijdgenoten Van De Dinosauriërs [Pterosaurs: Flying Contemporaries of the Dinosaurs]
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Language: Dutch

Pterosaurs or flying reptiles were the first vertebrates to evolve flight. These distant relatives of modern reptiles and dinosaurs lived from the Late Triassic (over 200 million years ago) to the end of the Cretaceous (about 65 million years ago) a span of some 135 million years. When they became extinct, no relatives survived them and as a result these prehistoric animals cannot readily be compared with our modern-day fauna. So what do we know of these highly succsessful animals?

The present summary – Pterosauriers: Vliegende Tijdgenoten Van De Dinosauriers – answers this and many more questions based on the most recent results of modern scientific research. After a short introduction to palaeontology as a science and its history related to pterosaurs, Pterosauriers: Vliegende Tijdgenoten Van De Dinosauriers it explains what pterosaurs were, when and where they lived, and what they looked like. Topics such as disease, injury and reproduction are also discussed. Separated from this text are 'Mark explains' boxes.

Each of these explanations puts one specific species in the spotlight and focuses on its lifestyle. They show how diverse pterosaurs were, from small insectivorous animals with a wingspan of nearly 40 centimetres to the biggest flying animals ever to take to the air, with wingspans of over 10 metres and with a way of life comparable to modern-day storks. Pterosauriers: Vliegende Tijdgenoten Van De Dinosauriers is illustrated with many full colour photographs and beautiful palaeo-art prepared by experts in the field.

Summary in Dutch:
Ze waren de eerste gewervelde dieren in de evolutie die konden vliegen… ‘pterosauriërs’ ofwel ‘vliegende reptielen’. Deze verre verwanten van de moderne reptielen en de alom bekende dinosauriërs leefden van ruim 200 miljoen jaar tot ongeveer 65 miljoen jaar geleden. Toen ze uitstierven waren er geen afstammelingen die dit overleefden, waardoor we deze vliegende prehistorische dieren niet echt goed kunnen vergelijken met dieren van nu. Wat weten we dus eigenlijk van deze succesvolle diergroep?

Dit boek geeft antwoord op deze en vele andere vragen en is gebaseerd op de allerlaatste stand van zaken van modern wetenschappelijk onderzoek. We leggen uit wat vliegende reptielen precies zijn, wanneer en waar ze leefden en hoe ze eruit zagen. Ook komen er onderwerpen aan bod als ziektes en verwondingen, voortplanting en leefwijze. Duidelijk zal worden hoe divers pterosauriërs waren: van zeer kleine insecteneters met een spanwijdte van slechts 40 centimeter tot de grootste vliegende dieren ooit met een spanwijdte van meer dan 10 meter! De tekst is verrijkt met vele kleurenfoto’s en prachtige paleo-kunst.

 

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By: Mark P Witton(Author), Ilja Nieuwland(Author), André J Veldmeijer(Author)
130 pages, 152 colour & 29 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Sidestone Press
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