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A cacophony of causes Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago by Douglas H. Erwin, Princeton University Press, 2006,
 

Summary: A cacophony of causes
Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago by Douglas H. Erwin, Princeton University Press, 2006,
15.95 hbk (306 pages) ISBN: 0-691-00524-9
J. David Archibald
Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-4614, USA
How do you sell a mass extinction without
dinosaurs? How about giving it a catchy
title, such as the `mother of all extinctions'
or `the great dying.' Better yet, find a rock
that came from space and identify it as the
one that fell to Earth 65 million years at
the end of the age of dinosaurs. Too often,
the press (and, unfortunately, too many
scientists) like neat little stories to explain
complex events that transpired eons ago,
such as mass extinctions.
This aspersion certainly cannot be cast on Doug Erwin's
latest contribution (his first book was in 1993) to our
current knowledge of the `the great dying' that occurred
some 250 million years ago, both slightly before and at the

  

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

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Geosciences