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Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the Future of Our Planet
Donald R. Prothero's science books combine leading research with first-person narratives of discovery, injecting warmth and familiarity into a profession that has much to offer nonspecialists. Bringing his trademark style and wit to an increasingly relevant subject of concern, Prothero links the climate changes that have occurred over the past 200 million years to their ef ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Columbia University Press
(first published June 1st 2009)
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May 28, 2014 Eric rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommended to Eric by: Bruce Denniston
A really interesting book, recommended by a friend. I didn't have much previous background in paleontology, so it was a bit of a tough slog (I referred to the Wiki encyclodia online many times in the first few chapter)and it was written by a professor more used to writting for his students than for the general public, but he did a good job of making the issues and recent developments in the study of paleontology come alive. In a lot of ways I like it when a book isn't dumbed down, but it does ma ...more
A very different book then I expected. Based on the title I had thought the focus was simply going to be ancient climate; however, I found myself on a ride through that topic as well as geology, current climate, paleontology (and its history), and more. This was also an overall behind-the-scenes look at what it is to be a research scientist as experienced by the author. The chapter on punctuated equilibrium was probably my favorite simply because evolutionary biology is my main interest but the ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Robu-sensei rated it really liked it · review of another edition
The strength of this book is in Dr. Prothero's meticulous explanation of how we can reconstruct the dates of fossils to a high degree of precision. I wish he hadn't cited Al Gore at the end; though I admire Gore's advocacy work, he isn't a scientist. ...more
Donald R. Prothero is a Professor of Geology at Occidental College and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology. He teaches Physical and Historical Geology, Sedimentary Geology, and Paleontology. His specialties are mammalian paleontology and magnetic stratigraphy of the Cenozoic. His current research focuses on the dating of the climatic changes that occurred between 30 an ...more