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After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals (Life of the Past) Kindle Edition
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Recommended. General readers; interested upper―level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. (Choice) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- File Size : 54933 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 370 pages
- Publisher : Indiana University Press; Illustrated Edition (July 13, 2006)
- Publication Date : July 13, 2006
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07KS72RPX
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0253347335
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,802 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The only flaw in my opinion is the near absence of supplemental information that would have made it much easier to take full advantage of all the information in the book. In a book that strongly emphasizes the role of plate tectonics and land bridges in the evolution of mammals, there are only a very few maps. A short glossary and a list of the extinct and living orders of mammals would have been a big help to the lay reader. One aspect of the book I found a little odd was the scorn heaped on his fellow paleontologists who maintain that the K-T boundary event caused a catastrophic extinction of life on earth. Prothero believes the extent of the extinction event is greatly exaggerated. It is apparently still a very emotional debate for many paleontologists.
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It also makes you look different at the present extinctions and `climate crisis' hype. In the past increased temperatures always promoted species diversification.
Well, that is before you start reading Mr. Prothero's elaborate yet crystal clear prose. He clearly wrote with the interested non-scientist in mind, since most physical, chemical and evolutionary concepts presented in the text, are meticulously explained and analyzed, in order that everyone, with the least possible background in natural history and biology, can follow the book's thread, namely the extraordinary evolution of life during the Cenozoic Age.
The book is vigorously organized, starting with the sweeping events at the end of the Cretaceous and then devoting one chapter per geological Epoch (from the Paleocene onwards) until the present day. Each chapter begins with an examination of geological data, then passes to the climate history of the period and continues with detailed analyses of biological evolutionary events both for Sea and Land. Each ocean and continent gets its' fair share, with the stress put, of course, on mammalian evolution, but since the author recognizes that no living creature develops or lives in a vacuum, he repeatedly stresses the complex network of interconnections between the Earth, the Climate and all Life.
Sometimes the reader is subjected to a rapid fire of references to scientific studies, used by Mr. Prothero to strengthen his positions, but it is a local and not often repeated phenomenon, so one's pleasure comes through intact. A very good book for anyone interested in the story of Life on Earth and the Cenozoic in particular.
The shear number and variation of species documented in this book, that have evolved or become extinct, makes the mind go dizzy. Thankfully, there are lavish illustrations to accompany the decent sized text, so this book is a real pleasure to read.
It doesn't just talk species. The major geological events of 65 million years intersperse the paleantological detail and are clearly explained and relevent.
Despite the extra few pounds this book cost compared with the average hardback, it was still an absolute bargain.
I now eagerley await the release of "Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs" by the same author.