Mass Extinctions and Their Aftermath

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byA. Hallam, P. B. Wignall

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Why do mass extinctions occur? The demise of the dinosaurs has been discussed exhaustively, but has never been out into the context of other extinction events. This is the first systematic review of the mass extinctions of all organisms, plant and animal, terrestrial and marine, that haveoccurred in the history of life. This includes the major crisis 250 million years ago which nearly wiped out all life on Earth. By examining current paleontological, geological, and sedimentological evidence of environmental changes, the cases for explanations based on climate change, marineregressions, asteroid or comet impact, anoxia, and volcanic eruptions are all critically evaluated.

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Mass extinctions are the most colossal catastrophes in the history of our planet. In the first work of its kind, the authors review the collective evidence--from a multidisciplinary perspective--for numerous mass extinctions by various causes such as volcanoes or meteorites. A succinct summary of the dinosaur extinction is included in ...

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Why do mass extinctions occur? The demise of the dinosaurs has been discussed exhaustively, but has never been out into the context of other extinction events. This is the first systematic review of the mass extinctions of all organisms, plant and animal, terrestrial and marine, that haveoccurred in the history of life. This includes t...

Anthony Hallam is at University of Birmingham. Paul Wignall is at University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.67 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Mass extinctions are the most colossal catastrophes in the history of our planet. In the first work of its kind, the authors review the collective evidence--from a multidisciplinary perspective--for numerous mass extinctions by various causes such as volcanoes or meteorites. A succinct summary of the dinosaur extinction is included in the context of all other major extinctions. 102 illustrations.

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`'...It is a pleasure to recommend a book that should be purchased by anyone (yes, even undergraduates) interested in geology...This book....represents an impressive summary of the literature...a valuable addition to the mass extinction literature...''S.Conway Morris, Geological Mag. No.5, 1998.