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The Great Extinctions

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Find out about the scientific search for the processes behind species extinction in this in-depth guide, The Great Extinctions by Museum expert, Professor Norman MacLeod.

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The Great Extinctions

£ 14.99


Discover how, for over a century, scientists have tried to identify and understand the processes responsible for the complex history of species extinction.

The book reveals how this search has become even more important over last decade as human population and technology may now rival extinction mechanisms such as sea-level change, volcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts.

The author examines the history of scientific enquiry into extinction, its subjects, controversies, current conclusions and what it means for our efforts to preserve the Earth’s biodiversity.

The author also looks at extinctions over geological time, comparing ancient extinction events and using them to predict what might happen in the future.

Also find out how, contrary to popular conception, species extinction is actually as natural a process as species evolution.

This comprehensive guide to extinction presents the latest evidence on the subject with informative illustrations and diagrams.

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