Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the by Donald R. Prothero

By Donald R. Prothero

Donald R. Prothero's technological know-how books mix prime study with first-person narratives of discovery, injecting heat and familiarity right into a occupation that has a lot to provide nonspecialists. Bringing his trademark kind and wit to an more and more proper topic of outrage, Prothero hyperlinks the weather alterations that experience happened over the last two hundred million years to their results on vegetation and animals. specifically, he contrasts the extinctions that ended the Cretaceous interval, which burnt up the dinosaurs, with these of the later Eocene and Oligocene epochs.

Prothero starts with the "greenhouse of the dinosaurs," the global-warming episode that ruled the Age of Dinosaurs and the early Age of Mammals. He describes the impressive creatures that when populated the earth and attracts on his reviews gathering fossils within the mammoth Badlands of South Dakota to comic strip their international. Prothero then discusses the expansion of the 1st Antarctic glaciers, which marked the Eocene-Oligocene transition, and stocks his personal anecdotes of excavations and controversies between colleagues that experience formed our realizing of the modern and prehistoric world.

The quantity concludes with observations approximately Nisqually Glacier and different destinations that express how worldwide warming is occurring a lot speedier than formerly envisioned, irrevocably altering the stability of the earth's thermostat. enticing scientists and normal readers alike, Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs connects occasions throughout hundreds of thousands of millennia to clarify the human risk to usual weather change.

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