Alan Holman is one of the doyens in the field of palaeo-herpetology (the study of fossil amphibians and reptiles), with particularly strong interests in amphibians, lizards and snakes. This is Professor Holman’s second book in the ‘Life of the Past’ series published by IUP, following a book on the fossil snakes of North America (2000). The subject matter of this book is relatively narrow and clearly circumscribed, but it is covered in quasi-monographic form. The book is divided, rather unequally, into three principal chapters: ‘Introduction’, ‘Systematic Accounts’ and ‘Chronological Accounts’, with some valuable supplementaries in the form of a short...

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