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Extinctions in the History of Life

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November 2008

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Recognition of a biodiversity crisis, and the development of new analytical and geological techniques for studying extinction, have increased our appreciation of global change in recent years. Paul Taylor looks at the implications for plants, animals and microbes, and discusses the role of extinction in evolution. His useful reference brings together key findings from the current debate concerning extinction for students, researchers and the interested general reader.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Notes on contributors; Preface; 1. Extinction and the fossil record Paul D. Taylor; 2. Extinctions in life's earliest history J. William Schopf; 3. Mass extinctions in plant evolution Scott L. Wing; 4. The beginning of the Mesozoic: 70 million years of environmental stress and extinction David J. Bottjer; 5. Causes of mass extinctions Paul D. Wignall; 6. The evolutionary role of mass extinctions: disaster, recovery and something in-between David Jablonski; Glossary; Index.

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'... sometimes the simplest of truths need to be pointed out to you. Reading Extinctions in the History of Life certainly worked as an eye-opener. I was pleasantly surprised to find that each chapter provided light and yet highly informative reading. It is the type of book you would recommend to any student, wishing you had had more of those in your own student days. Part of the appeal of the book is that none of the specialists loses himself in details. The content is well-suited for its primary goal, giving undergraduate students insight in the state of affairs concerning extinction research. A book that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in the history of life.' PalArch, Netherlands Scientific Journal '... editor Paul D. Taylor and an all-star cast of contributors have transcended synthesis to weave a cautionary tale about the modern biodiversity crisis. Woven through the discussion of past extinctions is a message for today.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution ' ... students will find it a particularly useful selection and introduction ... an excellent choice for departmental libraries and those who want a good general introduction to these particular topics.' Journal of Geological Magazine 'This book is certainly an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to engage with the literature on mass extinction, but I can also imagine it being extremely useful to those who are already familiar with at least some of the literature ... I certainly found it fascinating and valuable ... A very readable and well-illustrated volume at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.' Journal of Paleolimnology
EAN: 9780521842242
ISBN: 0521842247
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2008
Seitenanzahl: 204 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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