Extinctions in Near Time: Causes, Contexts, and Consequences / Edition 1

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This book examines an important and growing issue among ecologists, conservation biologists and archaeologists, namely the recent extinction of species, and particularly the losses thought to have been caused by humans in over the past 40,000 years when Homo sapiens spread worldwide. There is an exemplary list of leading figures in this debate, and the book should have an impact on current conservation issues and biodiversity.
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'This book is a must-read if you have any curiosity, fascination, or professional interest in extinctions of the past or present. If you are among those concerned about our environment and the fact that we are losing more animal species each year, you should read this book.'
Discovering Archaeology, 1:5 (1999)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306460920
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Advances in Vertebrate Paleobiology Series, #2
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 • Cretaceous Meteor Showers, the Human Ecological “Niche,” and the Sixth Extinction.- 2 • Prehistoric Extinctions on Islands and Continents.- 3 • The Interaction of Humans, Megaherbivores, and Habitats in the Late Pleisene Extinction Event.- 4 • The Power of Pleisene Hunter-Gatherers: Forward and Backward Searching for Evidence about Mammoth Extinction.- 5 • A Comparison of Methods for the Probabilistic Determination of Vertebrate Extinction Chronologies.- 6 • Putting North America’s End-Pleisene Megafaunal Extinction in Context: Large-Scale Analyses of Spatial Patterns, Extinction Rates, and Size Distributions.- 7 • Rates, Patterns, and Processes of Landscape Transformation and Extinction in Madagascar.- 8 • Extinctions and Local Disappearances of Vertebrates in the Western Mediterranean Islands.- 9 • Introduced Predators and Avifaunal Extinction in New Zealand.- 10 • Late Quaternary Extinctions in Australasia: An Overview.- 11 • Late Pleisene Megafaunal Extinctions: A European Perspective.- 12 • The Quiet Crisis: A Preliminary Listing of the Freshwater Fishes of the World that Are Extinct or “Missing in Action”.- 13 • Requiem Æternam: The Last Five Hundred Years of Mammalian Species Extinctions.- Systematic Index.- General Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005


    The very much like the book. I thought it was very informative and coming from me (one who does not like to read factual books) that is saying something. I do not think everyone will react the same way to the book as i did. i like it because i am an animal enthusiast and any more information about conservation and extinction habits is music to my eyes (lol) anyway i would recommend this book to all who are interested in animals or want to have an informational book for projects. but many might not like it because it is written as die hard facts, it does not have a plot and would not be interesting to those who do not appreciate animals or science. ManPhee compiles a bunch of informtion based on the editors he gathered it from. it reads sort of like how u would find a history book, with graphs and charts to back up his info all in all it was very informative and i got lot out of it.

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