Rivers in Time: The Search for Clues to Earth's Mass Extinctions / Edition 1

Rivers in Time: The Search for Clues to Earth's Mass Extinctions / Edition 1

by Peter Ward
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Columbia University Press


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Rivers in Time: The Search for Clues to Earth's Mass Extinctions / Edition 1

Elaborating on and updating Ward's previous work, The End of Evolution, Rivers in Time delves into his newest discoveries. The book presents the gripping tale of the author's investigations into the history of life and death on Earth through a series of expeditions that have brought him ever closer to the truth about mass extinctions, past and future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231118637
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/27/2002
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter D. Ward is professor of geological sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of many books, including Rare Earth, In Search of Nautilus, The End of Evolution (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), and On Methuselah's Trail.

Table of Contents

I:The Permian/ Triassic Event
The Cape II
The Great Karoo
End of an Era
II: The Triassic/Jurassic Event
Dawn of the Mesozoic
Haida Gwai
III: The Cretaceous/Tertiary Mass Event
The Age of Dinosaurs
Death of the Dinosaurs
IV: The Modern Mass Extinction
Lost Islands
The End of Evolution, the Future of Evolution
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Timothy Ferris

The current extinction of species at the hand of Man—a crime that posterity will regard as more pernicious than the burning of the library of Alexandria—is investigated by Peter Ward with rare perception and depth of feeling.

Stephen Jay Gould

The pace of species extinction provoked by human rapacity may well now equal the rate of loss in the great mass extinction events that punctuate the history of life. We need a broad perspective on this most portentous of all ecological and evolutionary disasters — and who better than a paleontologist to provide it. Peter Ward ranks with the very best in this most fascinating profession, and his book should be read by all thinking and caring people.

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