Published: August 1987
... a useful reference book for undergraduates and research students.
Journal of Biogeography
...the book is a notable contribution. He has researched his literature well. The contribution of the book is in providing a summary of the subject based on the considerable literature and in the comprehensive bibliography. It will thus be a basic reference work.
Briggs aims to bring together in his book evidence on the occurrence of a large number of organisms in order to relate these in a comprehensive manner to past distributions of land masses.... the book is successful as a useful summary of current knowledge about past and present biogeographic patterns.... The amount of literature cited, although not as extensive as might have been expected, is nevertheless sufficiently comprehensive to enable the interested reader to dig further into whichever subject appeals... a useful contribution to the biogeographical literature.
D.J. Batten, Cretaceous Research, 1989
This is the first lengthy treatment of global historical biogeography to be based firmly on plate tectonics..... the book should be a standard source as well as one to take potshots at, as standard books usually are.
Evolutionary Theory, 1988