Reptiles Return to the Sea

  • Theagarten Lingham-Soliar


At the time that the mammal-like reptiles were making their mark on land and the thecodonts were giving rise to novel forms culminating in the aptly named “ruling reptiles,” the dinosaurs, other advanced groups of terrestrial reptiles did a complete about-turn with an evolutionary journey back to the sea. Some of the proposals for this dramatic occurrence are severe competition on land for food resources on the one hand, and the lure of a plentiful supply of fish in the sea on the other (Lingham-Soliar 2003).


Posterior Limb Marine Turtle Anterior Limb Marine Reptile Posterior Wing 
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  1. 1.Life SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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