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The Resource Extinction : how life on Earth nearly ended 250 million years ago, Douglas H. Erwin

Extinction : how life on Earth nearly ended 250 million years ago, Douglas H. Erwin

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Extinction : how life on Earth nearly ended 250 million years ago
Title
Extinction
Title remainder
how life on Earth nearly ended 250 million years ago
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Douglas H. Erwin
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Summary
Some 250 million years ago, the earth suffered the greatest biological crisis in its history. Around 95 percent of all living species died out--a global catastrophe far greater than the dinosaurs' demise 185 million years later. How this happened remains a mystery. But there are many competing theories. Some blame huge volcanic eruptions that covered an area as large as the continental United States; others argue for sudden changes in ocean levels and chemistry, including burps of methane gas; and still others cite the impact of an extraterrestrial object, similar to what caused the dinosaurs' extinction. Extinction is a paleontological mystery story. Here, the world's foremost authority on the subject provides a fascinating overview of the evidence for and against a whole host of hypotheses concerning this cataclysmic event that unfolded at the end of the Permian. After setting the scene, Erwin introduces the suite of possible perpetrators and the types of evidence paleontologists seek. He then unveils the actual evidence--moving from China, where much of the best evidence is found; to a look at extinction in the oceans; to the extraordinary fossil animals of the Karoo Desert of South Africa. Erwin reviews the evidence for each of the hypotheses before presenting his own view of what happened. Although full recovery took tens of millions of years, this most massive of mass extinctions was a powerful creative force, setting the stage for the development of the world as we know it today. In a new preface, Douglas Erwin assesses developments in the field since the book's initial publication
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Erwin, Douglas H
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576.84
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Princeton science library
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  • Catastrophes (Geology)
  • Extinction (Biology)
  • Mass extinctions
  • Geology, Stratigraphic
  • Paleontology, Stratigraphic
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Extinction : how life on Earth nearly ended 250 million years ago, Douglas H. Erwin
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"With a new preface by the author."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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  • still image
  • text
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  • sti
  • txt
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  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
ch. 1 Introduction -- ch. 2 A Cacophony of Causes -- ch. 3 South China Interlude -- ch. 4 It's a Matter of Time -- ch. 5 Filter Feeding Fails -- ch. 6 South African Eden -- ch. 7 The Perils of Permian Seas -- ch. 8 Denouement -- ch. 9 Resurrection and Recovery -- ch. 10 The Paradox of the Permo-Triassic
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40656482
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvi, 296 pages
Isbn
9780691165653
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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  • (Sirsi) 40656482
  • (Sirsi) 40656482
Label
Extinction : how life on Earth nearly ended 250 million years ago, Douglas H. Erwin
Publication
Copyright
Note
"With a new preface by the author."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
ch. 1 Introduction -- ch. 2 A Cacophony of Causes -- ch. 3 South China Interlude -- ch. 4 It's a Matter of Time -- ch. 5 Filter Feeding Fails -- ch. 6 South African Eden -- ch. 7 The Perils of Permian Seas -- ch. 8 Denouement -- ch. 9 Resurrection and Recovery -- ch. 10 The Paradox of the Permo-Triassic
Control code
40656482
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvi, 296 pages
Isbn
9780691165653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 40656482
  • (Sirsi) 40656482

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