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The Rise of Reptiles


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1 Introduction
2 Amniotes and Reptiles
3 Parareptilia: A Group of Their Own
4 Basal Eureptilia and Diapsida: Early Evolution of Modern Reptiles
5 Testudinata: Turtles and Their Stem-Taxa
6 Sauropterygia, Ichthyosauromorpha, and Related Reptiles: The Early Mesozoic Invasion of the Sea
7 Lepidosauromorpha: Rhynchocephalians, Squamates, and Their Relatives
8 Archosauromorpha: The Ruling Reptiles and Their Relatives
9 Pseudosuchia: Crocodile-Line Archosaurs
10 Avemetatarsalia: Bird-Line Archosaurs Excluding Dinosaurs
11 Dinosauria I: Saurischia
12 Dinosauria II: Ornithischia
13 A Brief History of Reptiles
14 The Future of Reptiles

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The defining masterwork on the evolution of reptiles.

About the Author

Hans-Dieter Sues is a senior scientist and curator of fossil vertebrates at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He is a coauthor of Triassic Life on Land: The Great Transition.


The writing style is clear and easy, the illustrations are excellent, and the whole design and print quality highly attractive. There is no other book like it, and this will stand as a useful reference for many years.

-- Michael J. Benton * The Herpetological Bulletin *

This volume is the most complete and current compendiumon reptilian evolution and diversity to date . . . Few (if any) are better suited to have written this volume than Sues. His impressive research record over the past 40 years has dealt directly with many of the taxonomic groups in this volume, including (nonreptile) synapsids, parareptiles, sauropterygians, crocodylomorphs, and dinosaurs.

-- Jeremy B. Stout * Quarterly Review of Biology *
The Rise of Reptiles will become a classic in its own time, supplanting Colbert (1945), Romer (1966), Carroll (1988), and all previous syntheses of vertebrate paleontology. Sues indisputably joins them as a leader in their ranks with this landmark book on reptile phylogeny and evolution. Every professional herpetologist and paleontologist should have a copy on their shelf within easy reach.-- J. Whitfield Gibbons * Copeia *

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