Gorgon: Paleontology, Obsession, and the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History by Peter Ward | 9780143034711 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Gorgon: Paleontology, Obsession, and the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History

Gorgon: Paleontology, Obsession, and the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History

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by Peter Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0143034715

ISBN-13: 9780143034711

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

The gorgons ruled the world of animals long before there was any age of dinosaurs. They were the T. Rex of their day until an environmental cataclysm 250 million years ago annihilated them—along with 90 percent of all plant and animal species on the planet—in an event so terrible even the extinction of the dinosaurs pales in comparison. For more than

Overview

The gorgons ruled the world of animals long before there was any age of dinosaurs. They were the T. Rex of their day until an environmental cataclysm 250 million years ago annihilated them—along with 90 percent of all plant and animal species on the planet—in an event so terrible even the extinction of the dinosaurs pales in comparison. For more than a decade, Peter Ward and his colleagues have been searching in South Africa's Karoo Desert for clues to this world: What were these animals like? How did they live and, more important, how did they die?

In Gorgon, Ward examines the strange fate of this little known prehistoric animal and its contemporaries, the ancestors of the turtle, the crocodile, the lizard, and eventually dinosaurs. He offers provocative theories on these mass extinctions and confronts the startling implications they hold for us. Are we vulnerable to a similar catastrophe? Are we nearing the end of human domination in the earth's cycle of destruction and rebirth? Gorgon is also a thrilling travelogue of Ward's long, remarkable journey of discovery and a real-life adventure deep into Earth's history.

Author Biography: Peter Ward, a recognized authority on mass extinctions, is professor of geological sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. His books include Future Evolution, The End of Evolution, and, with Donald Brownlee, Rare Earth and The Life and Death of Planet Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143034711
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Introductionxxi
Chapter 1Arriving1
Chapter 2Bones in the Karoo16
Chapter 3Gradual or Sudden?46
Chapter 4Land and Sea54
Chapter 5Karoo Magnetics63
Chapter 6A Change of Rivers95
Chapter 7The Stone House at Tussen die Riviere124
Chapter 8Retrieval153
Chapter 9The Rate of Killing166
Chapter 10Drawing Conclusions187
Chapter 11Buckyballs201
Chapter 12A New Kind of Extinction212
Chapter 13Resolution218
Epilogue: Legacy and Lessons of a Catastrophe: Are We Living on a Safe Planet?229
References239
Index245

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know I did! So I picked up this book. It's a great read; I'd highly recommend it. Ward's presentation of the info is not only interesting and informative, but accessible. In other words, you don't have to be a paleontology nerd (although I admit I am one) to understand and enjoy this book. Being one of the experts on the Permian Mass Extinction, Ward obviously knows his stuff, but has an easy-going writing style and, at times, is even quite humorous. Along the way he also shares insights and stories about his time in Africa. So if you're interested in science, or are simply curious to know what exactly DID go wrong for life on earth 250 million years ago, then get this book!