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Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago

Book Category : Science

Author : Douglas H. Erwin

ISBN No : 9780691165653

Binding Type : Paperback

Orignal Price : USD 19.95

Offering Price : Rs. 595

More than 250 million years ago, planet Earth faced its largest crisis in history. Almost all the living species on the planet died out in the catastrophe that was even bigger than what caused the extinction of dinosaurs, millions of years later. The reason behind this mysterious occurrence is yet unkown.

Erwin offers a mesmerising presentation of all the possible theories that describe what led this disaster to happen. Was it the result of enormous volcanic eruptions all over the planet? Did the plates under the ocean destabilise? Or was it the result of an extraterrestrial object landing on Earth and destroying it?

The author introduces these theories and then moves on to provide the real evidence - extinctions in the ocean, fossilised animals - while giving his own views alongside. In the new introduction  in this edition, Douglas Erwin gives readers his own assessment of the advances made in this field, as well.