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The Miner's Canary : Unraveling the Mysteries of Extinction - Niles Eldredge

The Miner's Canary

Unraveling the Mysteries of Extinction

Paperback Published: 3rd July 1994
ISBN: 9780691036557
Number Of Pages: 272

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Like the bird whose death signaled dangerous conditions in a mine, the demise of animals that once flourished should give humans pause. How is our fate linked to the earth's creatures, and the cycle of flourishing and extinction? Which are the simple workings of nature's order, and which are omens of ecological disaster? Does human activity accelerate extinction? What really causes it? In an illuminating and elegantly written account of the widespread reduction of the world's wildlife, renowned paleontologist Niles Eldredge poses these questions and examines humankind's role in the larger life cycles of the earth, composing a provocative general theory of extinction.

"A powerfully impassioned plea for awareness--awareness of what we are doing, of what the consequences will be, and of what we can still do to reduce the biotic holocaust ahead."--BioScience "It is clear that we are witnessing a mass extinction that is almost entirely the result of human activities. Eldredge is surely right that this is largely the consequence of habitat destruction rather than direct slaughter, but the consequences are nonetheless dire for our own species as well as others."--Nature

Geologic Time Chart Prologue
Extinctions Are for Realp. 1
Santa Rosalia, or Why Are There So Many Kinds of Living Things?p. 21
Biotic Armageddon: Deja Vu Over and Over Againp. 49
Patterns and Clues in Paleozoic Mass Extinctionsp. 79
Extinction, and the Rise and Vicissitudes of Modern Lifep. 99
Without a Helping Hand: Causes of Mass Extinctions in the Geological Pastp. 131
The Ice Man Cometh: Climate Change, Human Action, and the Great Pleistocene Extinctionsp. 171
The Canary's Song: Land Use, Habitat Reduction, and Extinctionp. 209
Bibliography and Suggested
Readingsp. 231
Indexp. 237
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691036557
ISBN-10: 0691036551
Series: Princeton Science Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 3rd July 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37