The Osteology of the Reptiles


IN no domain of zoological science have the con tributions of American naturalists been more splendid than in that of vertebrate palaeontology, and in the list of pioneer workers in this domain an honoured place will always be accorded to Samuel Wendell Williston, who, born and nurtured in obscurity, had by the time of his death in 1918 won his way to recogni tion as the chief authority upon the extinct amphibians and reptiles. Apart from his specialist papers upon fossil vertebrates and upon modern dipterous flies, Williston was well known to the general zoologist for his excellent book on “Water Reptiles of the Past and Present,” published in 1914, and during the last year of his life he was busily engaged in the preparation of a second work of a general character on “The Reptiles of the World, Recent and Fossil.” The volume now under review comprises the main part of this general work, so far as it had been completed at the time of the author's death, put into shape and edited at the competent hands of Prof. W. K. Gregory.

The Osteology of the Reptiles.

By Prof. Samuel Wendell Williston. Arranged and edited by Prof. William King Gregory. Pp. xiii + 300. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1925.) 18s. 6d. net.

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KERR, J. The Osteology of the Reptiles . Nature 117, 509–510 (1926).

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