- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: CSIRO Publishing (February 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0643096353
- ISBN-13: 978-0643096356
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.5 inches
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Frozen in Time: Prehistoric Life in Antarctica
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"No other continent on Earth has undergone such radical environmental changes as Antarctica. In its transition from rich biodiversity to the barren, cold land of blizzards we see today, Antarctica provides a dramatic case study of how subtle changes in continental positioning can affect living communities, and how rapidly catastrophic changes can come about. Antarctica has gone from paradise to polar ice in just a few million years, a geological blink of an eye when we consider the real age of Earth.
Frozen in Time presents a comprehensive overview of the fossil record of Antarctica framed within its changing environmental settings, providing a window into a past time and environment on the continent. It reconstructs Antarctica's evolving animal and plant communities as accurately as the fossil record permits.
The story of how fossils were first discovered in Antarctica is a triumph of human endeavour. It continues today with modern expeditions going out to remote sites every year to fill in more of the missing parts of the continent's great jigsaw of life.
RECOMMENDATION: A well illustrated introduction into the paleontology of Antarctica." (Birdbooker Report)
"[A]n everything-you-ever-wanted-to know guide to the prehistory of Antarctica." (Cosmos)
About the Author
Jeffrey D. Stilwell is currently a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Honorary Research Associate at the Australian Museum, and has participated on five major expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula and Transantarctic Mountains/McMurdo Sound.
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