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ISBN-10: 1108843530
ISBN-13: 9781108843539
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 09/16/2021
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 7.70" W, 0.80" H

Extinctions: Living and Dying in the Margin of Error

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Overview

Are we now entering a mass extinction event? What can mass extinctions in Earth’s history tell us about the Anthropocene? What do mass extinction events look like and how does life on Earth recover from them? The fossil record reveals periods when biodiversity exploded, and short intervals when much of life was wiped out in mass extinction events. In comparison with these ancient events, today’s biotic crisis hasn’t (yet) reached the level of extinction to be called a mass extinction. But we are certainly in crisis, and current parallels with ancient mass extinction events are profound and deeply worrying. Humanity’s actions are applying the same sorts of pressures – on similar scales – that in the past pushed the Earth system out of equilibrium and triggered mass extinction events. Analysis of the fossil record suggests that we still have some time to avert this disaster: but we must act now.

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'Most of life may well be extinct, because of the huge age of the Earth, but Michael Hannah shows vividly in this book that the 8.7 million species on Earth today are profoundly at risk; the lessons of the fossil record tell us what will surely happen if we continue pushing species after species to the brink.' Michael Benton, University of Bristol, author of Dinosaurs Rediscovered
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ISBN-10: 1108843530
ISBN-13: 9781108843539
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 09/16/2021
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 7.70" W, 0.80" H
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