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

Author: M J Benton
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised and expanded editionView all editions and formats
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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. It is far less widely understood that a much greater catastrophe took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago: at least ninety percent of life on earth was destroyed. When Life Nearly Died documents not only what happened during this gigantic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M J Benton
ISBN: 9780500291931 0500291934
OCLC Number: 914463703
Notes: Previous edition: 2003.
Description: 352 pages : illustrations, maps, charts ; 24 cm
Contents: Geological timescale --
Antediluvian Sauria --
Murchison names the Permian --
The death of catastrophism --
The concept that dared not speak its name --
Impact! --
Diversity, extinction and mass extinction --
Homing in on the event --
Life's biggest challenge --
A tale of two continents --
On the river Sakmara --
What caused the biggest catastrophe of all time? --
Recovery from the brink --
The sixth mass extinction?
Responsibility: Michael J. Benton.

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The greatest mass extinction in Earths history happened some 251 million years ago. In this cataclysm at least 90 per cent of life was killed, both on land and in the sea, almost bringing evolution  Read more...

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