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When life nearly died : the greatest mass extinction of all time

Author: M J Benton
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2003.
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"Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living. Far less well-known is a much greater catastrophe that took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago: at least 90 percent of life was destroyed, both on land and in the sea. ... This book documents not only what happened during this gigantic mass  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M J Benton
ISBN: 050005116X 9780500051160
OCLC Number: 51031684
Description: 336 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The geological time-scale --
ch. 1 Antediluvian sauria --
ch. 2 Murchison names the Permian --
ch. 3 The death of catastrophism --
ch. 4 The concept that dared not speak its name --
ch. 5 Impact! --
ch. 6 Diversity, extinction and mass extinction --
ch. 7 Homing in on the event --
ch. 8 Life's biggest challenge --
ch. 9 A tale of two continents --
ch. 10 On the river Sakmara --
ch. 11 What caused the biggest catastrophe of all time? --
ch. 12 The sixth mass extinction? --
Glossary --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Illustration credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Michael J. Benton.
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"Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living. Far less well-known is a much greater catastrophe that took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago: at least 90 percent of life was destroyed, both on land and in the sea. ... This book documents not only what happened during this gigantic mass extinction but also the recent rekindling of the idea of catastrophism."--P. [2] of jacket.

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