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When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Covers a lot of information, but he connects it all in a readable and interesting way
a balanced and open-ended viewpoint. -- Library Journal
Paints a vivid picture of science as a quintessentially human endeavoran ongoing search for better understanding. -- Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History
About the Author
Michael Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology and Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. He has written over forty books, many of them standard technical works and textbooks, as well as popular books about dinosaurs and the history of life.
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(*) for a slightly different take on the P-Tr extinction and the state of current research see Douglas Erwin's "Extinction", published in 2006 and recently updated in the 2015 edition.
Must reading for current members of the House Committee on Science and Technology, that is assuming they know how to read.
Read the book yourself. You'll enjoy it. JdN