The Call of Distant Mammoths
Why the Ice Age Mammals Disappeared
By (author) Peter Douglas Ward
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Call of Distant Mammoths by Peter Douglas Ward
Book DescriptionTo help us understand what happened during the Ice Age, Peter Ward takes us on a tour of other mass extinctions through earth's history. He presents a compelling account of the great comet crash that killed off the dinosaurs, and describes other extinctions that were even more extensive. In so doing, he introduces us to a profound paradigm shift now taking place in paleontology: rather than arising from the gradual workings of everyday forces, all mass extinctions are due to unique, catastrophic events. Written with an irresistible combination of passion and expertise, The Call of Distant Mammoths is an engaging exploration of the history of life and the importance of humanity as an evolutionary force. "Carefully argued...an intelligent and compelling book."-THE OLYMPIAN, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON "Ward deftly summarizes a large body of scientific literature, simplifying complex ideas for the general reader without condescension."-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Did the overkill really happen?...Peter Ward deftly summarizes the arguments...Ward tells (the story) well."-THE NEW SCIENTIST
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780387949154
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter Douglas Ward
Flooded Earth, Paperback (August 2012)
"A beautifully written, thoroughly researched and relentlessly terrifying work, and a must-read for anybody with an interest in the environment or the future of our planet."--Salon.com
Under A Green Sky, Paperback (June 2008)
According to paleontologist Ward, all but one of the major extinction events in history have been brought on by climate change--the same global warming that occurs today. The author argues that events in the past can give valuable information about the future of our planet.
Life and Death of Planet Earth, Paperback (August 2007)
This is a vivid description of the second half of the life of our planet. Combining their knowledge of evolution with their understanding of the life cycle of stars and solar systems, the authors predict that the process will essentially reverse itself until only the simplest forms remain on Earth.
Life as We Do Not Know it, Paperback (February 2007)» View all books by Peter Douglas Ward
The author, a principal investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, presents the latest data on the range of life that is scientifically possible on Earth and beyond.
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