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Holman, J. Alan 1931-2006

Overview
Works: 55 works in 117 publications in 1 language and 7,046 library holdings
Genres: Identification guides  Guidebooks  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QE867, 567.8
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Most widely held works by J. Alan Holman
Ancient life of the Great Lakes Basin : Precambrian to Pleistocene by J. Alan Holman( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In quest of Great Lakes Ice Age vertebrates by J. Alan Holman( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Quest of Great Lakes Ice Age Vertebrates details the Ice Age fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals in the states and province 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. Discussed are the methods and tools employed in the collection of vertebrate fossils, as well as the ethics and protocol used in the maintenance of a useful collection. These discussions are combined 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."--Jacket
Fossil snakes of North America : origin, evolution, distribution, paleoecology by J. Alan Holman( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume includes detailed accounts of the morphology and distribution of the fossil snakes of North America and also remarks on their evolutionary, zoogeographic, and paleoecological patterns. The heart of the book consists of detailed systematic accounts of the known fossil snakes of North America and their localities. Extinct fossil taxa are discussed and illustrated, and many are re-described on the basis of new information. The book provides illustrations of diagnostic vertebrae and criteria for the identification of presently living fossil snake taxa as well as descriptions of the modern characteristics and ranges of these species." "Color photographs in the 16-page insert present a catalog of representative living snake species."--Jacket
Pleistocene amphibians and reptiles in North America by J. Alan Holman( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fossil frogs and toads of North America by J. Alan Holman( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The heart of this book consists of detailed systematic accounts of the known fossil frogs and toads (anurans) of North America, as well as the localities where each taxon occurs. Extinct fossil frogs and toads are fully discussed and illustrated, and in some cases are rediagnosed and redescribed on the basis of additional information and fossil material that has recently come to light. Moreover, the taxonomic status of some forms in the literature has either been questioned or changed. For fossil taxa that are still living, the book gives the modern characteristics, ecological attributes, and modern ranges. Readers will also find criteria for fossil identification, with illustrations of the diagnostic skeletal elements for most modern species."--Jacket
Michigan snakes : a field guide and pocket reference by J. Alan Holman( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pleistocene amphibians and reptiles in Britain and Europe by J. Alan Holman( Book )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pleistocene epoch or Ice Age, an extended period of advancing and retreating ice sheets, is characterized by striking climatic oscillations and sea level fluctuations. This age saw the rise and spread of humans and a great extinction of large mammals by the end of the epoch; in fact, the world today is essentially the product of dramatic changes that took place in the Pleistocene. This book, a companion to the author's Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles in North America, discusses the Pleistocene amphibians and reptiles in Britain and the European continent eastward through present-day Po
Fossil salamanders of North America by J. Alan Holman( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Call them "mudpuppies," "hellbenders," or "mud eels," salamanders are puzzling animals to most people. They come in forms that look like flattened fish with legs, like eels, like slimy lizards, or like lizards with toad-like skins. Their life history imitates the ancient evolutionary transition from aquatic to terrestrial vertebrates, though several groups remain permanently aquatic. Until now, no one has written about their ancient ancestors."--Jacket
Michigan turtles and lizards : a field guide and pocket reference by James H Harding( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michigan frogs, toads, and salamanders : a field guide and pocket reference by James H Harding( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Michigan roadside naturalist by J. Alan Holman( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did you know ...? Michigan is seventeenth in oil production in the United States. The Great Lakes are said to be the only glacially produced structures that can be seen from the moon. Michigan was once part of a coral reef. The wood frog is one of the commonest true frogs of moist woodland floors in Michigan today and is able to freeze solid during the winter without harmful effects. These and many more amazing facts await the curious traveler in The Michigan Roadside Naturalist, J. Alan and Margaret B. Holman's captivating guide to the natural treasures of Michigan. A perfect accompaniment to the classic Michigan Trees and The Forests of Michigan, this user-friendly guide offers a Who's Who of the geology, biology, and archaeology of the Great Lakes State, as well as highway adventures along the state's major routes. The book begins with an educational yet accessible tour of important points in Michigan's natural and archaeological history, followed by seven road trips based on commonly traveled state routes, moving from south to north in the Lower Peninsula and east to west in the Upper Peninsula. Readers can proceed directly to the road trips or familiarize themselves with the state's treasure trove of fascinating features before embarking. Either way, an informative and fun odyssey awaits the passionate naturalist, amateur or otherwise. J. Alan Holman is Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Michigan State University Museum and Emeritus Professor of Geology and Zoology at Michigan State University. Margaret B. Holman is Research Associate at Michigan State University Museum and Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University
The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan : a Quaternary and recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With its temperate climate and variety of habitats, Michigan supports a diverse array of animals and plants, including fifty-four species of amphibians and reptiles. The dispersal and biology of the Michigan herpetofauna - amphibians and reptiles - is even more unique because Michigan consists of two peninsulas that project into large freshwater seas and also because it was completely covered by a massive ice sheet a relatively short time ago. In The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michigan: A Quaternary and Recent Faunal Adventure, author J. Alan Holman explores the state's amphibians and reptiles in detail and with many helpful illustrations, making this the only volume of its kind available
Taphonomy and paleoecology of the Christensen Bog mastodon bone bed, Hancock County, Indiana by Russell W Graham( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mystery mammals of the ice age: Great Lakes region by J. Alan Holman( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the characteristics and habits of prehistoric mammals inhabiting the Great Lakes region during the Ice Age and some of their present-day descendants
The Pleistocene amphibians and reptiles of Texas by J. Alan Holman( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reptiles of the Egelhoff local fauna (Upper Miocene) of Nebraska by J. Alan Holman( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herpetofauna of the Sandahl local fauna (Pleistocene:Illinoian) of Kansas by J. Alan Holman( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michigan's fossil vertebrates by J. Alan Holman( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Osteology of living and fossil New World quails (Aves, Galliformes) by J. Alan Holman( Book )

2 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Climatic significance of a late Illinoian herpetofauna from southwestern Kansas by J. Alan Holman( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Ancient life of the Great Lakes Basin : Precambrian to Pleistocene
Alternative Names
Alan Holman, J. 1931-2006

J. Alan Holman American paleontologist and herpetologist

J. Alan Holman Amerikaans paleontoloog (-2006)

Languages
English (77)

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In quest of Great Lakes Ice Age vertebratesFossil snakes of North America : origin, evolution, distribution, paleoecologyFossil frogs and toads of North AmericaPleistocene amphibians and reptiles in Britain and EuropeFossil salamanders of North AmericaThe Michigan roadside naturalist