Vertebrate Paleontology (Romer)

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Vertebrate Paleontology
Author Alfred Sherwood Romer
Country United States
Language English language
Subject Vertebrate paleontology
Published 1933, 1945, 1966
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Media type Textbook
ISBN 0-7167-1822-7 (3rd edition)

Vertebrate Paleontology is an advanced textbook on vertebrate paleontology by Alfred Sherwood Romer, published by the University of Chicago Press.[1] It went through three editions (1933, 1945, 1966) and for many years constituted a very authoritative work and the definitive coverage of the subject.[2] A condensed version centering on comparative anatomy, coauthored by T.S. Parson came in 1977, remaining in print until 1985.[3] The 1987 book Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution by Robert L. Carroll is largely based on Romer's book.[4]

The book provides a very detailed and comprehensive technical account of every main group of living and fossil vertebrates, though the mammal-like reptiles are covered in particular, these being Romer's main interest.[4] At the rear of the book is a classification list which includes every genus known at the time of publication, along with locality and stratigraphic range.


  1. ^ Romer, A.S. (1966): Vertebrate Paleontology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago; 3rd edition ISBN 0-7167-1822-7
  2. ^ Smith, C.H. (2005): Romer, Alfred Sherwood (United States 1894-1973), homepage from Western Kentucky University
  3. ^ Romer, A.S. & T.S. Parsons. 1977. The Vertebrate Body. 5th ed. Saunders, Philadelphia. (6th ed. 1985)
  4. ^ a b Ryan, M.J. "Died This Day: Alfred Sherwood Romer, Dec. 28, 1894 – Nov. 5, 1973". Palaeoblog. Retrieved 14 June 2012.