Extinction: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Extinction: A Very Short Introduction

A Very Short Introduction
 
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ISBN13:9780198807285
ISBN10:0198807287
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:144 pages
Size:173x111x9 mm
Weight:110 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 19 black and white images
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Short description:

Extinction has occurred throughout the history of life, and nearly all the species that have ever existed have now disappeared. In this Very Short Introduction, Paul B. Wignall looks at the causes and nature of extinction events, what makes a species vulnerable, and the debates in modern science of the role of climate and humans.

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Most people are familiar with the dodo and the dinosaur, but extinction has occurred throughout the history of life, with the result that nearly all the species that have ever existed are now extinct. Today, species are disappearing at an ever increasing rate, whilst past losses have occurred during several great crises. Issues such as habitat destruction, conservation, climate change, and, during major crises, volacanism and meteorite impact, can all contribute towards the demise of a group.

In this Very Short Introduction, Paul B. Wignall looks at the causes and nature of extinctions, past and present, and the factors that can make a species vulnerable. Summarising what we know about all of the major and minor exctinction events, he examines some of the greatest debates in modern science, such as the relative role of climate and humans in the death of the Pleistocene megafauna, including mammoths and giant ground sloths, and the roles that global warming, ocean acidification, and deforestation are playing in present-day extinctions


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Table of Contents:
Introduction
Causes of extinction
Modern extinction and conservation
Extinction in the fossil record
Mass extinctions
Causes of mass extinctions
Ice Age extinctions and man
Further reading
Index