Paul D. Taylor, 2004, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K., 191 p. (Hardcover, U.S. $70.00) ISBN: 0-521-84224-7.

Excepting perhaps the topic of dinosaurs, extinction is probably the biggest “ooh-aah” topic in paleontology, at least from an undergraduate student's perspective. The book, Extinctions in the History of Life, edited by Paul Taylor, is aimed specifically for that audience, and has an appropriate title for catching the aspiring geologist's attention and imagination. From the paleontologists' perspective, extinctions are a major topic of importance—not only have they shaped the history of life on Earth, and in the case of mass extinctions, are major events...

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