Pterodactyls Unknown artist
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Forested landscape of the late Jurassic with reconstructed flora and pterosaurs, including one reptile hunting a dragonfly in flight.
Plate 16 from the book The world before the deluge, by Louis Figuier, newly edited and revised by H. W. Bristow (Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, London, 1872).
Plate not signed. The image is numbered and captioned below: ‘XVI. – Ideal Landscape of the Liassic Period.’
The accompanying text (pp.240-241) states: ‘On the opposite page (PLATE XV.) is an ideal landscape of the Liassic period; the trees and shrubs characteristic of the age are the elegant Pterophyllum, which appears in the extreme left of the picture, and the Zamites, which are recognisable by their thick and low trunk and fan-like tuft of foliage. The large horsetail, or Equisetum of this epoch, mingles with the great Tree-ferns and the Cypress, a Conifer allied to those of our own age. Among animals, we see the Pterodactyle specially represented. One of these reptiles is seen in a state of repose, resting on its hind feet. The other is represented, not flying, after the manner of a bird, but throwing itself from a rock in order to seize upon a winged insect, the dragon-fly (Libellula)…’
Unknown artist, after Édouard Riou.
- Image reference: RS-19915
- ©The Royal Society
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