Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles in North America

Hardcover | April 1, 1995

byJ. Alan Holman

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This book presents a major summary of what is currently known about North American amphibians and fossils in the Pleistocene. The only book available on the subject, it includes a general treatment of the Pleistocene and its effects on the physical and biological world, and features anillustrated bestiary of the herpetological families and genera as well as a discussion of the identification of fossils. The changes in the North American herpetofauna from the Cretaceous to the Pleistocene are cogently summarized, and complete herpetofaunal lists from the seven designatedPleistocen regions of North America are included. The concluding chapter details range adjustments and extinction patterns, and contrasts the evolutionary "stasis" of the herpetofauna with the avian and mammalian fauna. The work will be considered an essential reference forpalaeontologists.

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This book presents a major summary of what is currently known about North American amphibians and fossils in the Pleistocene. The only book available on the subject, it includes a general treatment of the Pleistocene and its effects on the physical and biological world, and features anillustrated bestiary of the herpetological familie...

J. Alan Holman is at Michigan State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195086104

ISBN - 13:9780195086102

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Pleistocene in North America3. The North American Herpetofauna--late Cretaceous Through Pliocene4. A Bestiary5. Identification of Pleistocene Herpetological Fossils6. Pleistocene Herpetofaunas in North America7. Herpetological Population Adjustments During the North American Pleistocene8. Extinction in the North American Pleistocene HerpetofaunaEpilogue

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"An essential reference and springboard. . . .There is information here for all naturalists interested in the history of faunas on this continent."--The Canadian Field-Naturalist