Useful volumes on pterosaurs – the flying reptiles of the Mesozoic – are few and far between, and there are only really two invaluable volumes on these fantastic animals: Harry Seeley’s 1901 Dragons of the Air and Peter Wellnhofer’s 1991 The Encyclopedia of Pterosaurs. Combining 21 papers authored by just about everyone in the world of pterosaur research, this new volume is therefore a significant work indeed. It can be divided into three sections: descriptions of new taxa; phylogeny and functional morphology; and palaeobiology – pretty much enough of everything in pterosaur science to make everyone happy, though there’s sadly...

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