Biology of the Reptilia: Overview

Biology of the Reptilia covers behavior, development, ecology, neurology, and physiology, in addition to morphology which was fundamental to the rest, all in 22 volumes and nearly 13,800 pages.

As he wrote in volume 1, Carl Gans’s goal was “to facilitate future work rather than place a tombstone upon past knowledge.”

Surveys of the literature, he noted, had disclosed critical gaps in our knowledge and new investigations were thus needed to complete many of the chapters. He expected that this series would not be the last word, and hoped it would “prove germinal in inducing additional study.”

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