How do crocodiles breathe? And why do frogs have webbed feet? From the terrifying T-Rex to the sly salamander, reptiles and amphibians have a long and fascinating history. Join Tom Kemp to discover the habits and behaviours of this infamous family and learn how we can all do our bit to help protect them from climate change, habitat destruction, and other common threats.


T. S. Kemp was the Curator of the Zoological Collections of the Oxford Museum of Natural History from 1972 until his retirement in 2009. He was also appointed Tutor in Zoology at St John’s College in 1975, where he has remained as an Emeritus Research Fellow. He taught vertebrate biology and evolution, and continues his palaeontological studies of pre- and early mammals. Tom Kemps’s published titles include The origin and evolution of mammals (OUP 2005), The origin of higher taxa: palaeobiological, developmental, and ecological aspects (OUP 2016), and three volumes in OUP’s series of Very Short Introductions: Mammals (2017), Reptiles (2019), and the forthcoming Amphibians (2021).

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Reptiles: A Very Short Introduction


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