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The Marine Reptiles

Richard P. Hilton

in Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928459 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233157.003.0005
The Marine Reptiles

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Reptiles in the past adapted to a marine life, and in some cases, these animals adapted to a permanent oceanic experience. The less evolved forms returned to the beaches to lay eggs, but the more advanced forms simply gave birth at sea. This chapter discusses fossil discoveries of marine reptiles that thrived during the Mesozoic era. It describes the fishlike ichthyosaurs, together with other marine reptiles such as thalattosaurs, plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, and turtles.

Keywords: marine life; marine reptiles; Mesozoic era; ichthyosaurs; thalattosaurs; plesiosaurs; mosasaurs; turtles

Chapter.  9670 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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