Evolution of Herbivory in Terrestrial Vertebrates: Perspectives from the Fossil Record, H.-D. Sues (Editor), 2000, Cambridge University Press, New York, 256 p. ($80) ISBN: 0521-59449-9.

Terrestrial habits are immanent to Amniota. The history of amniotes utilizing terrestrial primary production (e.g., plants) is ultimately the central story of amniote evolution, despite a veneer of glamour associated with carnivores and carnivory. Therefore, the Evolution of Herbivory in Terrestrial Vertebrates (EHTV) carries with it the prestige of being the key history for Amniota. It concomitantly carries the burden of having a lot to explain.

The book is an outgrowth of a...

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