J. Alan Holman. 2000. Fossil Snakes of North America: Origin, Evolution, Distribution, Paleoecology. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 357 p.

Snakes are usually considered, if at all, an afterthought in traditional graduate survey courses and textbooks on vertebrate paleontology. However, snakes are among the most recently evolved, and uniquely specialized kinds of vertebrate animals. Unlike other living groups of reptiles, that have either declined from former eminence or entered a time of evolutionary stasis, snakes encounter the modern world in a time of great diversification. In Fossil Snakes of North America, Dr. Holman laments the precarious future of snakes, but their...

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