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Extinction : bad genes or bad luck?

Author: David M Raup; Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [1991] ©1991
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A look at how and why some species die out, with an emphasis on the extinction resistance of others. Though the Alvarez theory, that the demise of the dinosaurs may have been affected by a fall of meteors, is still scientifically suspect, Raup (statistical paleontology, U. of Chicago) figures he may as well be hung for a cow as for a calf, and argues that all extinction of species are at least partly caused by  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David M Raup; Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0393030083 9780393030082 0393309274 9780393309270
OCLC Number: 22906345
Description: xvii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Almost all species are extinct --
Brief history of life --
Gambler's ruin and other problems --
Mass extinctions --
Selectivity of extinction --
Search for causes --
Biological causes of extinction --
Physical causes of extinction --
Rocks falling out of the sky --
Could all extinctions be caused by meteorite impact? --
Perspectives on extinction --
Epilogue: Did we choose a safe planet?
Responsibility: David M. Raup.


A study which charts the history of evolution from the dawn of life on Earth to the present day. Physical causes of the extinction of numerous species, such as global cooling, volcanism, meteors and  Read more...


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"An eminently entertaining and informative read." -- Malcolm W. Browne - New York Times Book Review "A delightful little book about life on this planet and about extinctions, in particular. It is as Read more...

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