Fossil Snakes of North America: Origin, Evolution, Distribution, Paleoecology

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Nature - 357 pages
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"This volume includes detailed accounts of the morphology and distribution of the fossil snakes of North America and also remarks on their evolutionary, zoogeographic, and paleoecological patterns. The heart of the book consists of detailed systematic accounts of the known fossil snakes of North America and their localities. Extinct fossil taxa are discussed and illustrated, and many are re-described on the basis of new information. The book provides illustrations of diagnostic vertebrae and criteria for the identification of presently living fossil snake taxa as well as descriptions of the modern characteristics and ranges of these species." "Color photographs in the 16-page insert present a catalog of representative living snake species." --Book Jacket.
  

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Contents

Systematic Accounts
18
Epilogue
323
FIguRE CrEDITS
345
TAXONOMICINDEX
355
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J. Alan Holman (1931-2006) was Professor and Curator Emeritus at Michigan State University. Holman wrote seven books and authored more than 260 publications in paleoherpetology, herpetology, and vertebrate paleontology. He was awarded an Honorary Lifetime membership in the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and was considered the leading authority on new World fossil snakes.

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