Easy to use and filled with addictive—and highly useful—information... The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles is a handy and fun book for professional and amateur herpetologists alike.
(Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report
Investigates the person behind the names attached to many reptiles... A fun and interesting book for herpetologists and students wanting to know the backgrounds of the pioneers in their field.
The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles does precisely what it says on the box. It's a dictionary of names appended in various species of reptiles, contemporary and recently extinct alike, with a brief overview of the discoverer and the namesake (since one isn’t necessarily the other), plus a list of all that person's eponymous species... A remarkably fun book for dipping into or to skate through looking for notable names.
(Andrew P Street Time Out Sydney
This dictionary provides concise information on the 2,330 persons who have had reptiles named after them... An interesting, informative, and easy-to-read book.
(Edmund D. Keiser, Jr. American Reference Books Annual
Beolens and co-authors have produced a great book that is fun to read. Notably, they have already published similar books on birds and mammals... and reportedly have a companion volume on amphibians in press. If they live long enough to work through the 30,000 species of fish, a future eponym dictionary of vertebrates may keep saving biologists from buying People magazine for years to come.
It will be useful in all biological collections as the most convenient reference on the subject.
Should you buy it? If you're fascinated with the human dimensions of biodiversity, probably; if you're also a logophile, absolutely.
(Tom Herman Canadian Herpetologist
[An] interesting, humorous, and stimulating book.
(Alan R. Kabat Archives of Natural History
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Praise for The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals
"A small treasure trove of information about the people whose names are immortalized in mammalian nomenclature. Given that we mammalogists are prone to ancestor worship, I expect it to be a best-seller."— Journal of Mammalian Evolution
"This is a great reference for the mammalogy professional or student, or the curious naturalist."— Wildlife Activist
"A splendid book which fills a real gap in zoological literature."— International Zoo News
"This is a unique resource for the curious."— Choice
"Useful and fascinating. The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is recommended for public libraries and academic libraries, particularly those at schools with biology and veterinary programs."— American Reference Books Annual
"This is a fascinating book—highly readable—I didn't want to put it down."— Reference Reviews