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Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles in Britain and Europe


Series: Oxford Monographs on Geology and Geophysics Volume: 38

By: J Alan Holman

254 pages, 46 line illus, maps

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Jul 1998 | #83378 | ISBN: 0195112326
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This book, a companion volume to Professor Holman's Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles in North America (OUP 1995), presents occurences of the herpetofauna in Britain and Western and Central Europe as well as discussions on the paleogeography, paleoecology, and evolution of these groups. The format follows in general that of the volume on North America, starting with an overview of the Pleistocene in Europe followed by a bestiary and chapters on identification of fossils, sites yielding fossils, range adjustments, evolutionary and extinction patterns, and origins of modern herpetofauna in Europe.

"The fossil record of amphibians and reptiles, most of whose close relatives are alive today and known from specific habitats, are especially useful indicators. Holman has made a career of studying these vertebrates, collecting and carrying out the difficult task of identifying their skeletal remains. . . . More than 400 references, plus general, taxonomic, and site indexes. For students of climate change, paleohistory, and faunal studies. Graduates through professionals."--Choice
"This compilation is going to be of considerable value to palaeontologists and zoologists interested in the recent history of the European fauna. Alan Holman . . . examines in turn all the species which have been reported from Pleistocene sites in an area extending from Ireland and Portugal to Poland and Greece, discussing their diagnostic features and listing all the sites in these countries from which they have been reported. The fossil faunas from each country are then discussed in turn . . . The bo


1. Introduction; 2. The Pleistocene in Britain and Europe; 3. The European herpetofauna, Paleocene through Pleistocene; 4. A bestiary: annotated taxonomic accounts; 5. Pleistocene herpetological localities; 6. Herpetological species as paleoenvironmental indicators; 7. Herpetological population adjustments in the Pleistocene of Britain and Europe; 8. Extinction patterns in the herpetofaunas of Britain and Europe and North America compared; 9. Pleistocene events in the herpetofaunas of Britain and Europe and North American compared

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