- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: The Natural History Museum (21 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0565092782
- ISBN-13: 978-0565092788
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.2 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great Extinctions: What Causes Them and How They Shape Life Paperback – 21 Mar 2013
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About the Author
Professor Norman MacLeod is Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Training at the Natural History Museum, London. His research involves studies of extinction, the origin and evolution of form in fossils and modern organisms, and the distribution of ancient and modern species in time. He is the author of numerous books, technical reports and review articles on the subject of extinction.
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The book consists of 15 chapters:
1. What is extinction?
2. Evolution, fossils and extinction
3. Patterns in extinction data
4. Kinds of extinction
5. Causes of extinction
6. Precambrian and Cambrian extinctions
7. The End-Ordovician extinctions
8. The Late Devonian extinctions
9. The Late Permian extinctions
10. The Late Triassic extinctions
11. The End-Cretaceous extinctions
12. The Palaeogene extinctions
13. The Neogene and Quaternary extinctions
14. The modern and future extinctions
15. Summary and conclusions
Having studied (as opposed to casually simply reading) other books on the subject of extinction, I found the layout and explanations in this book to be quite exceptional. The technical details are clearly described and a reader who is willing to make the effort will be able to extract a considerable amount of information from this book, which might otherwise require more academic readings.
The structure of the book allows one to firstly appreciate exactly what extinction means at a technical level and to understand its causes and patterns.Read more ›