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The Miner's Canary:
Unraveling the Mysteries of Extinction
Niles Eldredge

Paperback | 1994 | $52.50 | £44.95 | ISBN: 9780691036557
272 pp. | 5 x 8 | 1 chart
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Like the bird whose death signaled dangerous conditions in a mine, the demise of animals that once flourished should give humans pause. How is our fate linked to the earth's creatures, and the cycle of flourishing and extinction? Which are the simple workings of nature's order, and which are omens of ecological disaster? Does human activity accelerate extinction? What really causes it? In an illuminating and elegantly written account of the widespread reduction of the world's wildlife, renowned paleontologist Niles Eldredge poses these questions and examines humankind's role in the larger life cycles of the earth, composing a provocative general theory of extinction.


"A powerfully impassioned plea for awareness--awareness of what we are doing, of what the consequences will be, and of what we can still do to reduce the biotic holocaust ahead."--BioScience

"It is clear that we are witnessing a mass extinction that is almost entirely the result of human activities. Eldredge is surely right that this is largely the consequence of habitat destruction rather than direct slaughter, but the consequences are nonetheless dire for our own species as well as others."--Nature

Table of Contents:

Geologic Time Chart
Ch. 1 Extinctions Are for Real 1
Ch. 2 Santa Rosalia, or Why Are There So Many Kinds of Living Things? 21
Ch. 3 Biotic Armageddon: Deja Vu Over and Over Again 49
Ch. 4 Patterns and Clues in Paleozoic Mass Extinctions 79
Ch. 5 Extinction, and the Rise and Vicissitudes of Modern Life 99
Ch. 6 Without a Helping Hand: Causes of Mass Extinctions in the Geological Past 131
Ch. 7 The Ice Man Cometh: Climate Change, Human Action, and the Great Pleistocene Extinctions 171
Ch. 8 The Canary's Song: Land Use, Habitat Reduction, and Extinction 209
Annotated Bibliography and Suggested Readings 231
Index 237

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