Lost Creatures of the Earth: Mass Extinction in the History of Life

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In one of his many books of popular science, Colorado-based geologist Erickson outlines the processes and history of evolution, then surveys the several mass extinctions of species, speculates on their causes, and explains their impact on subsequent evolution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Overview

In one of his many books of popular science, Colorado-based geologist Erickson outlines the processes and history of evolution, then surveys the several mass extinctions of species, speculates on their causes, and explains their impact on subsequent evolution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816043378
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Living Earth
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables ix
Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
1 Historical Geology: The Ages of Life
The Age of Bacteria
The Age of Worms
The Age of Crustaceans
The Age of Fish
The Age of Amphibians
The Age of Reptiles
The Age of Dinosaurs
The Age of Mammals 1
2 Sea Life: Marine Life-Forms
Protozoans
Metazoans
Shell-Less Invertebrates
Shelled Invertebrates
Marine Vertebrates
Marine Tetrapods 25
3 Land Life: Terrestrial Life-Forms
Terrestrial Plants
The Amphibian Invasion
Cold-Blooded Reptiles
Mammal-Like Reptiles
The Dinosaur Dynasty
The Early Birds
Warm-Blooded Mammals 47
4 Mass Extinctions: the Disappearance of Species
Precambrian Extinctions
Lower Paleozoic Extinctions
Upper Paleozoic Extinctions
Mesozoic Extinctions
Cenozoic Extinctions 70
5 Causs of Extinction: the Forces of Change
Supernovas
Geomagnetic Reversal
Cometary Impacts
Asteroid Collisions
Volcanic Eruptions
Continental Drift
Climate Cooling 93
6 Effects of Extinction: the Influence on Evolution
Extinction Episodes
Periodic Extinctions
Background Extinctions
Extinction Survival
Radiation of Species
The Fossil Record 117
7 Evolution of Species: the Advancement of Life
Biological Diversity
Species Classification
Natural Selection
Genetic Mutation
Survival of the Fittest
Missing Links
The Gaia Effect 138
8 The Life Cycles: the Periodicity of Nature
The Solar Cycle
The Lunar Cycle
The Tidal Cycle
The Orbital Cycles
The Hydrologic Cycle
The Geochemical Cycle 160
9 Unique Life-Forms: the Most Unusual Adaptations
The Enigmatic Ediacarans
Bizarre Burgess Shale Faunas
Lilies of The Sea
Jet-Propelled Mariners
Seafaring Reptiles
The Greatest Aviators
Brooding Dinosaurs 181
10 Life in the Strangest Places: Hidden Creatures of the World
Living Beneath the Ice
Masters of the Deep
Life in Hot Water
Subterranean Life
Creatures of the Thermal Vents 201
Conclusion 221
Glossary 223
Bibliography 235
Index 243
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