Extinctions in the History of Life
Edited by Paul D. Taylor
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Extinctions in the History of Life by Paul D. Taylor
Book DescriptionExtinction is the ultimate fate of all biological species - over 99 percent of the species that have ever inhabited the Earth are now extinct. The long fossil record of life provides scientists with crucial information about when species became extinct, which species were most vulnerable to extinction, and what processes may have brought about extinctions in the geological past. Key aspects of extinctions in the history of life are here reviewed by six leading palaeontologists, providing a source text for geology and biology undergraduates as well as more advanced scholars. Topical issues such as the causes of mass extinctions and how animal and plant life has recovered from these cataclysmic events that have shaped biological evolution are dealt with. This helps us to view the biodiversity crisis in a broader context, and shows how large-scale extinctions have had profound and long-lasting effects on the Earth's biosphere.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521842242
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul D. Taylor
Extinctions in the History of Life, Paperback (June 2009)
Topical review of the role of extinction in evolution for students and researchers.
Major Evolutionary Radiations, Hardback (February 1991)» View all books by Paul D. Taylor
This volume surveys patterns of major evolutionary radiation and their possible causes. After discussing general aspects of major radiation, the book focuses on radiations in taxonomic groups with extensive fossil records.
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