Rivers in Time: The Search for Clues to Earth’s Mass Extinctions, Peter D. Ward, 2000, Columbia University Press, New York, 315 p. (Paperback, US $19.00) ISBN: 0-231-11862-7.

Rivers in Time is not a new book per se, but a new and renamed edition of Peter Ward’s earlier The End of Evolution. The author considers three of the “big five” mass extinctions, the end Permian, end Triassic and end Cretaceous events—that is, those with which he is most familiar, supported by active field programs. Familiarity is fine, but it gave me the feeling that I’d walked into a play at the...

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