Contents: Preface. Introduction. Class III. Reptilia: Order I. Squamata (scaled). Suborder 1: Ophidia (Snakes). 2. Lacertilia (lizards). 3. Dolichosauria (Long-lizards). 4. Mosasauria (Meuse-lizards). Order II. Ornithosauria (Bird-lizards). Order III. Crocodilia (Crocodiles and alligators). Order IV. Dinosauria (Terrible-lizards). Sub-order: 1. Sauropoda (Lizard-footed). 2. Stegosauria (Plated-lizards). 3. Ornithopoda (Bird-footed). 4. Theropoda (Beast-footed). Order V: Rhynchocephalia (Beak-headed). Order VI. Anomodontia (Irregular-toothed) or theromorpha (beast-shaped). Sub-order: 1. Theriodontia (beast-toothed). 2. Dicynodontia (double-dog-toothed). 3. Pariasauria (Helmet-cheek-lizards). Incertae sedis -- Placodontia (Plate-toothed). Order VII. Sauropterygia (Lizard-finned). Order VIII. Ichthyopterygia (Fish-finned). Order IX. Chelonia (Tortoises and turtles). Sub order: 1. Trionychia (Three-clawed). 2. Cryptodira (Hidden-necked). 3. Pleurodira (Side-necked). 4. Amphichelydia (Doubtful-tortoises).
"This tenth edition of the guide to Fossil Reptiles. Amphibians and fishes differs every little from the ninth edition. Its arrangement is determined by that of the cases and specimen's and it sometimes refers to trivial details which are of interest solely to visitors actually in the galleries.
As fossils can only be understand by those who have some acquaintance with the existing world of life. This book assumes on the part of the reader at least as much elementary knowledge as is contained in the guides to the Department of Zoology.
At this early period in the study of philosophy, however, it was a common belief that animals could originate from the mud or slime of lakes and rivers, the true nature of fossil was settled by the beginning of the eighteenth century, and the next problem was to explain how the remains of sea-animals had been buried in the rocks for inland and at great heights among hills and mountains. It was demonstrated that during past ages the distribution of land and sea, mountains and blains, had frequently changed that in fact rain, rivers, waves, currents, volcanoes, and phenomena like earthquakes, were continually altering the earth's surfaces even under the eyes of man himself. The fossils were proved in most cases to be buried in displaced portions of sea bottom, and in the mud of dried up lakes. This book can be helpful to those who wants to know about fossils, reptiles, amphibians and fishes. (jacket)