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.
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.
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.
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.
[An] interesting, humorous, and stimulating book.
I think that the authors are to be congratulated for the effort that they have put into these books, and for the apparent scrupulousness with which they have pursued their goals. An immense amount of research has gone into the work, tracking down obscure references and re-checking data from the original sources.