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"Douglas Erwin blends careful scholarship and graceful prose in this authoritative elucidation of Earth's greatest mass extinction. Although framed in terms of hypotheses and their tests, Erwin's story unfolds as a gripping who-done-it for the ages."--Andrew H. Knoll, Harvard University, author of Life on a Young Planet
"Douglas Erwin is the world's leading expert on the end-Permian extinction. This book will be the standard reference on this crucial event in the history of life. It is a wonderful example of science in action."--Richard Bambach, Virginia Tech
"This book provides an up-to-date review and critical appraisal of all we know about the end-Permian mass extinction, a subject that has drawn much popular attention. Complementing its solid scholarship, its friendly style enables educated general readers to get to grips with all the current debates."--Paul Wignall, University of Leeds, author of Mass Extinctions and Their Aftermaths
"In conversational prose, Douglas Erwin provides a useful roadmap to a complex scientific subject--an up-to-date treatment of the end-Permian extinction."--Michael J. Foote, University of Chicago
I got this book from the library, and decided to buy it afterward as a reference. Erwin does a good job of being objective and presenting all the arguments equally. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by e-wing
The title of the book is "Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago" and the author is Douglas H. Erwin. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Ralph D. Hermansen
An enjoyable and enlightening read.
I had been interested in the subject for some time. This book gave a comprehensive coverage written in a style that addresses the... Read more
The author does a fine job explaining the possible causation of the Permo-Triassic extinction. He keeps the necessary technical babble to a minimum, making this book (mostly)... Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Alexander
While the subject matter in the book may seem a bit dry to some, and lacks the pizzazz of the story of the Dinosaur Killer Asteroid at the end of the Cretacious, I have found it... Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by Thomas E. Williams
This book reads like a murder mystery, with the victim being 95% of all marine life and 70% of terrestrial vertebrates species. Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Enjolras
Educated as a geologist, I have read extensively on the issue of mass extinctions and am familiar with the many arguments about the ambiguities of just what happened at the end of... Read morePublished on May 4, 2009 by Andy Koenigsberg
The Permian-Triassic End Event, 256 MY ago, caused the extinction of 95% of this planet's marine species and 70% of all land species. Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by frater SODDI