Mass Extinctions and Their Aftermath / Edition 1

Mass Extinctions and Their Aftermath / Edition 1

by A. Hallam, P. B. Wignall, Paul Wignall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198549164

ISBN-13: 9780198549161

Pub. Date: 12/04/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This is the first review of all the major mass extinctions in the history of life. It covers all groups of organisms - plant, animal, terrestrial, and marine - that have gone extinct alongside the geological and sedimentological evidence for environmental changes during the biotic crises. All proposed extinction mechanisms - climate change, meteorite impact,

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This is the first review of all the major mass extinctions in the history of life. It covers all groups of organisms - plant, animal, terrestrial, and marine - that have gone extinct alongside the geological and sedimentological evidence for environmental changes during the biotic crises. All proposed extinction mechanisms - climate change, meteorite impact, volcanisms - are critically assessed. The demise of the dinosaurs has been amply discussed, but this is the first time that this event has been put into the proper context of other extinction events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198549161
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/04/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The study of mass extinctions1
2Extinctions in the early history of the Metazoa24
3Latest Ordovician extinctions: one disaster after another39
4Crises of the Late Devonian: the Kellwasser and Hangenberg events62
5Palaeozoic nemesis94
6Extinctions within and at the close of the Triassic142
7Minor extinctions of the Jurassic161
8Minor mass extinctions of the marine Cretaceous170
9Death at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary184
10Cenozoic extinctions223
11The causes of mass extinctions242
References253
Index309

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