Biology of North American tortoises

Fish and Wildlife Research 13
Edited by: R. Bruce Bury and David J. Germano


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Chelonians have fascinated people for centuries and have been the object of biological studies for nearly as long. Perhaps the long life span and harmless demeanor of most species contribute to their wide appeal. they also represent a link to the distant past because their characteristic shell separated this line of ectotherms from all other reptiles and all other animals in the age of dinosaurs (Pough et al. 1989). However, the origins of chelonians remain a mystery.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Biology of North American tortoises
Series title Fish and Wildlife Research
Series number 13
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Survey
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description vi, 204 p.
Other Geospatial North America
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