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In quest of Great Lakes Ice Age vertebrates
Holman, J. Alan, 1931-2006.
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Publication Information:
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 230 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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QE841 .H65 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The first book of its kind, " In Quest of Great Lakes Ice Age Vertebrates" details the Ice Age fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals in the provinces and states surrounding the Great Lakes. Holman's work begins with definitions of concepts and terms for the general audience and a general discussion of how the last ice age, the Pleistocene Epoch, affected our physical and biological world. Methods employed and tools used in the collection of vertebrate fossils, as well as ethics and protocol in the maintenance of a useful collection follow, coupled with details of each animal's structure, habits, habitats, and ecological importance. The heart of the book is a species-by-species account of the Pleistocene vertebrates of the region, followed by an examination of the compelling problems of the Pleistocene relative to faunal interpretations, including overall ecological makeup of the region's fauna, vertebrate range adjustment that occurred in the region, Pleistocene extinction effects on the animals of the region, the aftermath of the Ice Age, and a look at what the future may hold for the region.

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What is in this book is classical natural history. Forget the last 30 years of molecular biology, evolutionary theory, and theoretical paleobiology; instead, Holman (emer., geological sciences and emer. curator of vertebrate paleontology, Michigan State Univ.) reviews the facts surrounding what fossils have been found where and when, with descriptions and guides enabling readers to actually match the little skulls to species. At the core of this book is a systematic description of all known vertebrate species from Pleistocene deposits of the Great Lakes region. The illustrations demonstrate the nature of such fossils: they are bones and teeth. Methods employed and tools used in collection are noted, as are procedures followed in the maintenance of fossil collections. This encyclopedic work will interest readers of all types, since very basic concepts are always defined, but it will be most in demand by libraries in those states surrounding the Great Lakes. All levels. P. K. Strother Boston College