Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles in Britain and Europe

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

byJ. Alan Holman

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The Pleistocene epoch or Ice Age, an extended period of advancing and retreating ice sheets, is characterized by striking climatic oscillations and sea level fluctuations. This age saw the rise and spread of humans and a great extinction of large mammals by the end of the epoch; in fact, theworld today is essentially the product of dramatic changes that took place in the Pleistocene. This book, a companion to the author's Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles in North America, discusses the Pleistocene amphibians and reptiles in Britain and the European continent eastward throughpresent-day Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Yugoslavian republics, and Greece. The book begins with a general discussion of the Pleistocene in Britain and Europe with an emphasis on regional terms used to define Pleistocene chronological events. Next, a look at the pre-Pleistoceneherpetofauna of the study area sets the stage for a discussion of Pleistocene herpetofauna. A significant section of the book consists of a "bestiary," a series of annotated taxonomic accounts of Pleistocene herpetological taxa from the region. Following this is the interpretive section, beginningwith a discussion of herpetological species as paleoenvironmental indicators and continuing with an analysis of herpetological population adjustments to Pleistocene events in Britain and Europe, and then with a discussion of extinction patterns in the region. Finally, the author comparesPleistocene herpetological events in Europe with those in North America. This volume and its companion together provide an up-to-date and comprehensive review of Pleistocene herpetofaunas across a significant portion of the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Pleistocene epoch or Ice Age, an extended period of advancing and retreating ice sheets, is characterized by striking climatic oscillations and sea level fluctuations. This age saw the rise and spread of humans and a great extinction of large mammals by the end of the epoch; in fact, theworld today is essentially the product of dra...

J. Alan Holman is at University of Michigan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.41 × 6.3 × 0.79 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195112326

ISBN - 13:9780195112320

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Pleistocene in Britain and Europe3. The European herpetofauna, Paleocene through Pleistocene4. A bestiary: annotated taxonomic accounts5. Pleistocene herpetological localities6. Herpetological species as paleoenvironmental indicators7. Herpetological population adjustments in the Pleistocene of Britain and Europe8. Extinction patterns in the herpetofaunas of Britain and Europe and North America compared9. Pleistocene events in the herpetofaunas of Britain and Europe and North American compared

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"To date, the primary information on Pleistocene amphibians and reptiles from Europe has been widely scattered through the paleontological and zooarchaeological literature. Thus, these data have received little attention in paleoclimatological and paleoecological studies, which tend to focuson mammals or plants. Holman's book fills a major gap in the literature. This book will be a valuable reference for any student of Pleistocene vertebrate assemblages from Europe and their paleoecology." - New Biological Books, March 2000