Evolutionary Catastrophes: The Science of Mass Extinction by Vincent CourtillotEvolutionary Catastrophes: The Science of Mass Extinction by Vincent Courtillot

Evolutionary Catastrophes: The Science of Mass Extinction

byVincent CourtillotTranslated byJoe McClinton

Paperback | March 18, 2002

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Why did the dinosaurs and two-thirds of all living species vanish from the face of the Earth sixty-five million years ago? Throughout the history of life a small number of catastrophic events have caused mass extinction, and changed the path of evolution forever. Two main theories have emerged to account for these dramatic events: asteroid impact, and massive volcanic eruptions, both leading to nuclear-like winter. In recent years, the impact hypothesis has gained precedence, but Vincent Courtillot suggests that cataclysmic volcanic activity can be linked not only to the K-T mass extinction, but to most of the main mass extinction events in the history of the Earth. Courtillot's book debunks some of the myths surrounding one of the most controversial arguments in science. This story will fascinate everyone interested in the history of life and death on our planet.
Title:Evolutionary Catastrophes: The Science of Mass ExtinctionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.39 inPublished:March 18, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521891183

ISBN - 13:9780521891189


Table of Contents

Foreword Claude Allège; Preface; Preface to the English translation; 1. Mass extinctions; 2. An asteroid impact; 3. From the roof of the world to the Deccan traps; 4. The volcanic scenario; 5. Plumes and hotspots; 6. A remarkable correlation; 7. Nemesis or Shiva?; 8. Chicxulub; 9. Controversy and coincidence; 10. Improbable catastrophes and the flukes of evolution; Index.

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