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May 2002 / Vol. 52 No. 5 BioScience 445 Rivers in Time: The Search for Clues

Summary: May 2002 / Vol. 52 No. 5 BioScience 445
Rivers in Time: The Search for Clues
to Earth's Mass Extinctions. Peter D.
Ward. Columbia University Press, New
York, 2000. 315 pp., illus. $29.95 (ISBN
0-231-11862-7 hard cover).
Peter D.Ward,professor of geological
sciences at the University of Wash-
ington,has spent much of his career writ-
ing science books about evolutionary
matters for the intelligent layperson.This
latest endeavor returns us to one of his
earlier themes--mass extinction.The au-
thor freely admits that Rivers in Time is
essentially an updated version of his 1994
book, The End of Evolution: On Mass
Extinctions and the Preservation of
Biodiversity. If you read that first edition,
you may not find that much worth


Source: Archibald, J. David - Department of Biology, San Diego State University


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Geosciences