A few days ago, we received a copy of The Princeton Field Guide to Mesozoic Sea Reptiles by the acclaimed illustrator and researcher Gregory S. Paul. This is an authoritative guide to marine reptiles that flourished from the Triassic through to the end of the Cretaceous.

Front cover of The Princeton Field Guide to Mesozoic Sea Reptiles
The front cover of The Princeton Field Guide to Mesozoic Sea Reptiles by Gregory S. Paul, a comprehensive overview of Mesozoic marine reptiles. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Comprehensive Guide to Marine Reptiles

Author Gregory S. Paul has had a distinguished career. This book is part of a series of “field guides” with previous publications covering the Dinosauria (now on a second edition) and the Pterosauria. The focus might be on the mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, placodonts and pliosaurs etc, but the book follows the same successful formula as found in the other books of this series. There is a comprehensive overview of the evolutionary history of Mesozoic sea reptiles, with detailed information on their anatomy, biology and behaviour followed by the group and species descriptions.

An illustration from the book
The Princeton Field Guide to Mesozoic Sea Reptiles is an authoritative and beautifully illustrated guide to marine reptiles. Informative text combined with stunning illustrations. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

The Princeton Field Guide to Mesozoic Sea Reptiles

The book documents the evolutionary history of marine reptiles, covering some 185 million years. In total, over 430 different kinds of sea reptile are discussed and the author tackles questions such as how did these animals adapt to marine environments and how did they vocalise? The book is beautifully illustrated with dozens of detailed life reconstructions and skeletal drawings.

Princeton plesiosaur illustration.
A life reconstruction and skeletal drawing of the plesiosaur Cryptoclidus eurymerus from The Princeton Guide to Mesozoic Sea Reptiles by Gregory S. Paul.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The Princeton Field Guide to Mesozoic Sea Reptiles provides a comprehensive analysis of the marine reptiles that thrived during the time of the dinosaurs. It covers their anatomy, physiology, locomotion and reproductive strategies, forming an encyclopaedic guide to these iconic prehistoric animals.”

ISBN number: 978-0-691-19380-9

The Princeton Field Guide to Mesozoic Sea Reptiles can be found on the Princeton University Press website: Princeton University Press Website.

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