When Life Nearly Died

When Life Nearly Died

Author: Michael J Benton

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9780500291931

Category: History

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“The focus is the most severe mass extinction known in earth’s history. The science on which the book is based is up-to-date, thorough, and balanced. Highly recommended.” —Choice Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living. It is far less widely understood that a much greater catastrophe took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago: at least ninety percent of life on earth was destroyed. When Life Nearly Died documents not only what happened during this gigantic mass extinction but also the recent renewal of the idea of catastrophism: the theory that changes in the earth’s crust were brought about suddenly in the past by phenomena that cannot be observed today. Was the end-Permian event caused by the impact of a huge meteorite or comet, or by prolonged volcanic eruption in Siberia? The evidence has been accumulating, and Michael J. Benton gives his verdict at the end of the volume. The new edition brings the study of the greatest mass extinction of all time thoroughly up-to-date. In the twelve years since the book was originally published, hundreds of geologists and paleontologists have been investigating all aspects of how life could be driven to the brink of annihilation, and especially how life recovered afterwards, providing the foundations of modern ecosystems.
When Life Nearly Died
Language: en
Pages: 0
Authors: Michael J Benton
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-08-11 - Publisher: National Geographic Books

“The focus is the most severe mass extinction known in earth’s history. The science on which the book is based is up-to-date, thorough, and balanced. Highly recommended.” —Choice Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half
When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time (Revised edition)
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Michael J. Benton
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-08-11 - Publisher: Thames & Hudson

“The focus is the most severe mass extinction known in earth’s history. The science on which the book is based is up-to-date, thorough, and balanced. Highly recommended.” —Choice Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half
Animal Suffering and the Darwinian Problem of Evil
Language: en
Pages: 301
Authors: John R. Schneider
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-03-26 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book will be of interest to college faculty and advanced students interested in the relationship between religion and science, particularly at Christian colleges and seminaries. Its value is to offer an innovative Christian theological approach to the daunting problem that Darwinian animal suffering poses to belief in God.
Catastrophes and Lesser Calamities
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Tony Hallam
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-07-14 - Publisher: OUP Oxford

This is a book about the dramatic periods in the Earth's history called mass extinctions - short periods (by geological standards) when life nearly died out on Earth. The most famous is the mass extinction that happened about 65 million years ago, and that caused the death of the dinosaurs.
Dinosaurs Rediscovered
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Michael J. Benton
Categories: SCIENCE
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-04 - Publisher: Thames & Hudson

In this fascinating and accessible overview, renowned paleontologist Michael J. Benton reveals how our understanding of dinosaurs is being transformed by recent fossil finds and new technology.