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When Life Nearly Died The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time

by Michael J. Benton

When Life Nearly Died The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time Synopsis

The greatest mass extinction in Earth's history happened some 251 million years ago. In this cataclysm at least 90% of life was killed, both on land and in the sea, almost bringing evolution to a halt. What caused destruction on such an unimaginable scale? Was it the impact of a huge meteorite, or prolonged volcanic eruption in Siberia? In this acclaimed book, now updated to include the most recent research and findings, Michael Benton assembles all the evidence and gives his verdict.

When Life Nearly Died The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time Press Reviews

'Brings back to Earth Science a sense of adventure ... it is both a wonderfully good read and a valued reference' - James Lovelock, author of Gaia 'A superb book that tells a gripping tale ... a denouement worthy of Hercule Poirot' - The Times Higher Education Supplement

Book Information

ISBN: 9780500291931
Publication date: 20th July 2015
Author: Michael J. Benton
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: Evolution, Natural disasters, Popular science,

About Michael J. Benton

Michael J. Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. He has written over 40 books, including Vertebrate Palaeontology, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Dinosaurs and When Life Nearly Died.

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