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Author McGhee, George R., author.

Title Carboniferous giants and mass extinction : the late Paleozoic Ice Age world / George R. McGhee Jr.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]


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Description 1 online resource (xi, 304 page)
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computer c rdamedia
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Harbingers of the Late Paleozoic Ice Age -- The big chill -- The Late Carboniferous ice world -- Giants in the earth -- The end of the Late Paleozoic Ice Age -- The end of the Paleozoic world -- The legacy of the Late Paleozoic Ice Age.
Summary Picture a world of dog-sized scorpions and millipedes as long as a car; tropical rainforests with trees towering over 150 feet into the sky and a giant polar continent five times larger than Antarctica. That world was not imaginary; it was the earth more than 300 million years ago in the Carboniferous period of the Paleozoic era. In Carboniferous Giants and Mass Extinction, George R. McGhee Jr. explores that ancient world, explaining its origins; its downfall in the end-Permian mass extinction, the greatest biodiversity crisis to occur since the evolution of animal life on Earth; and how its legacies still affect us today.McGhee investigates the consequences of the Late Paleozoic ice age in this comprehensive portrait of the effects of ancient climate change on global ecology. Carboniferous Giants and Mass Extinction examines the climatic conditions that allowed for the evolution of gigantic animals and the formation of the largest tropical rainforests ever to exist, which in time turned into the coal that made the industrial revolution possible--and fuels the engine of contemporary anthropogenic climate change. Exploring the strange and fascinating flora and fauna of the Late Paleozoic ice age world, McGhee focuses his analysis on the forces that brought this world to an abrupt and violent end. Synthesizing decades of research and new discoveries, this comprehensive book provides a wealth of insights into past and present extinction events and climate change.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 08, 2018).
Subject Mass extinctions.
Extinction (Biology)
Climatic changes.
Glacial epoch.
Paleobotany -- Carboniferous.
Paleontology -- Carboniferous.
Paleoclimatology -- Paleozoic.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution.
Chronological Term From 230 to 570 million years ago
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: McGhee, George R. Carboniferous giants and mass extinction. New York : Columbia University Press, [2018] 9780231180962 (DLC) 2017056021
ISBN 9780231543385 electronic book
0231543387 electronic book
9780231180962 hardcover ; alkaline paper

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