A gallery of dinosaurs & other early reptiles by David Peters

By David Peters

Textual content and artwork painting over a hundred prehistoric reptiles of land, sea, and air, together with the reptiles that preceded the dinosaurs, the dinosaur giants of the Mesozoic period, and the big reptiles of the age of mammals.

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