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(Scientific American Library Series #20)

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  1 review
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published January 15th 1987 by Scientific American Library
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A nice intro to the plethora of mass extinctions Earth has experienced. My only qualm: Stanley has quite a fixation on bivalves & other tiny ocean creatures, so that 75% of the book is him describing what mollusks or reef-builders died when, where, and why. Of course that's a major part of history's extinctions, but... seriously. Bivalves? I'm not THAT interested. Otherwise, he makes quite a nice analysis of various extinction theories that aren't just the usual, "Durrr, a big ol' rock done ...more
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