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The concept for this book is to look at reptilian eggs, development and incubation conditions in a functional way, with emphasis on the natural incubation environment. All reptilian groups, i.e. chelonians, squamates, tuatara and crocodilians, are covered in this review.
Reptilian incubation: evolution and the fossil record; Thermal, hydric and respiratory climate of nests; Egg morphology and composition; Patterns of embryonic development; Effects of incubation temperature; Water in reptilian eggs and hatchlings; Energy provision and utilisation; Adaptive consequences of developmental plasticity; Temperature-dependent sex determination; Post-hatching phenotypic effects of incubation in reptiles; Artificial incubation; Perspectives in reptilian incubation; Index