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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (17 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080189140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801891403
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend The Rise of Amphibians to anyone interested not only in amphibians but also in the evolutionary history of vertebrates in general.

(Hans-Dieter Sues Integrative and Comparative Biology)

A high-quality production, with finely illustrated drawings of skulls, vertebrae, ribs, teeth, and long bones of more amphibians, past and present, than most of us imagined even existed.

(Whit Gibbons Tuscaloosa News)

The Rise of Amphibians should be on the bookshelf of anyone involved in vertebrate evolution... an excellent source of information... It is a first-choice reference book that stimulates further studies and research.

(Axel Janke Systematic Biology)

Provides a wealth of valuable information about this fascinating history in a clear, easily readable style.

(Robert R. Reisz Quarterly Review of Biology)

I enjoyed reading this fascinating book. It will become a landmark and standard reference in early amphibian evolution for years to come.

(Miguel Vences Bioscience)

A useful reference catalog for the professional or well-read amateur.

(Richard Kissel American Paleontologist)

This is the landmark work on the evolution of amphibians, and will be enjoyed and used for many years to come.

(Jason S. Anderson Copeia)

Bob Carroll is telling us, in a modern and very readable style, the history of the amphibians, with an osteological precision nobody else has. In fact, with this new book, he shows us he stays the same, our ‘Master Yoda of the amphibians.’

(J. Se´Bastien Steyer Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology)

Carroll has excelled himself by putting together such magnificent piece of work, with information that is balanced efficiently.

(Robert Carroll Herpetological Bulletin)

Carroll has excelled himself by putting together such a magnificent piece of work, with information that is balanced efficiently.

(Steven Piggott Herpetological Bulletin)

An excellent, comprehensive overview of the diversity and evolutionary history of amphibians. It reflects a lifetime of specimen-based research on and thinking about the subject by the foremost student of early evolution of land vertebrates.

(Hans-Dieter Sues, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)

About the Author

Robert Carroll, professor emeritus at McGill University, was the long-time director of the Redpath Museum and chairman of the Department of Biology and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is among the world’s most highly regarded experts on the evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Carroll is the author of several books, including Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By njh542 on 7 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I came to this book after developing an interest in the origin of tetrapods after reading Shubin your inner fish and some Carl Zimmer

As a PhD level bioscientist but not in this field i would say this is definitely NOT an introductory book but a academic reference text having said that itsva great read for anyone interested in the origin of amphibians and their evolution and would also be of interest for anyone interested in tetrapod evolution more generally. It's beautifully illustrated with well annotated figures.

Off to read Jenny Clack's new book next
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Any college collection strong in natural history catering to geologists, evolutionary biologists or paleontologists needs this 19 Oct. 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
THE RISE OF AMPHIBIANS: 365 MILLION YEARS OF EVOLUTION provides college-level natural history collections with a powerful synthesis of findings from the fossil record of amphibians. Robert Carroll traces their origin back 365 million years and follows the emergency of the modern amphibian group, using over two hundred illustrations of fossil amphibians and sixteen color plates to enhance the study. Any college collection strong in natural history catering to geologists, evolutionary biologists or paleontologists needs this.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
365 million years 13 July 2009
By Herpmajor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is jam packed with great information on both fossil amphibians and the evolution of amphibians. It also covers the evolution of the first amniotes.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Amphibians 6 Feb. 2010
By V. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This volume would make a nice addition to any paleontology library. The fact it is packed full of illustrations and skeletal reconstructions reenforces this opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 17 April 2014
By Reuber A Brandão - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Amazing book, really nice colored plates, dozens of B&W plates, in really pretty shape. The relationship with the costumer was really nice.
Great diagrams; poor methods 1 Jan. 2015
By NCH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Rise of Amphibians is a book that is fantastic for some things, namely its diagrams and descriptions of characters of amphibians throughout evolutionary time, from the first fishapods to modern groups. However, if you are a dedicated phylogeneticist, you are likely to be disappointed by the inconsistent and slipshod methods used, particularly in the latter quarter of the book to make the argument that caecelians, salamanders and frogs do not share a common ancestor. For the students of Carboniferous and Permian amphibians, this is a valuable text--just be sure to supplement it for questions of evolutionary history and relationships to modern taxa.
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