Extinction!

Extinction!

by Sonya Newland, Jim Pipe
     
 

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About 98 percent of all species that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct. Sometimes, many animals on Earth disappear at about the same time. This is what happened when the dinosaurs died out. Relive the events that caused five of Earth's great mass extinctions.See more details below

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About 98 percent of all species that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct. Sometimes, many animals on Earth disappear at about the same time. This is what happened when the dinosaurs died out. Relive the events that caused five of Earth's great mass extinctions.

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Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
The study of the extinction of animals throughout history is the focus of this nonfiction text in the "Crabtree Chrome" series. Short text and vivid illustrations highlight interesting facts about how extinctions have influenced life on Earth. A chapter on mass extinctions contains a list of all the animals that have become extinct over the last 600 years. Scientific words such as "species," "bacteria," "Permian," and "radiation" are each defined at the bottom of the page where they appear in the text. Separate fact boxes add relevant information in each chapter. Theories about the cause of the dinosaurs' extinction are explored. One entire chapter discusses the investigation into the theory that an asteroid changed life on Earth. Illustrations, maps, and photographs provide visual drama. "Life after the Asteroid describes" the age of mammals, the Ice Age, and animals that are now extinct, such as the Tasmanian tiger and the dodo bird. The last chapter is about Earth's future regarding the effects of extinction and ecosystems. A bibliography, a glossary, a table of contents, and an index are included. The text is an excellent educational resource for the study of this area of science. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
Gr 4�6—This intriguing book explores both the history of extinction-dating back to the mass extinction of the Ordovician period 450 million years ago and the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago-as well as the possibility of the extinction of species in existence today. It is reminiscent of Don Lessem's Dinosaurs to Dodos (Scholastic, 1999), although Extinction! is less a gallery of extinct animals and more a fascinating exposition of what the majority of scientists think our planet's future holds. In addition to describing the history of mass extinctions on Earth and smaller-scale extinctions of individual species, whether brought about by human action or not, Newland considers possible scenarios that might end life on Earth: an asteroid colliding with our planet, a supervolcano, a deadly virus, or an exploding nuclear bomb that blocks out the sun. Children will find the chapters on the extinction of species of the past fascinating on their own. However, the most thought-provoking aspect of this book that makes it stand out from others on the same topic is the attention given to the interconnectedness that the extinction of one species from one ecosystem has with another ecosystem, and how this, if continued, might contribute to the eventual extinction of human life on Earth. This title is a solid contribution to any collection on paleontology and life sciences.—Anne Barreca, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778779346
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
Crabtree Chrome Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,450,135
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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