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Title:
Grzimek's animal life encyclopedia extinction
Uniform Title:
Tierleben. English
ISBN:
9781414490700
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale/Cengage Learning, 2013.
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 v. (xv, 964 p.)) : ill. (some col.), col. maps.
Contents:
v. 1. Kinds of extinctions ; Evolution and extinction ; The importance of extinction to society ; Georges Cuvier and the discovery of extinction ; Geologic time scale ; Stratigraphic completeness ; Extinction and the tree of life ; Taxonomic compendia ; IUCN red list ; Extinction rates (overview) ; Extinction rates and the fossil record ; Methods for estimating extinction risk ; The red queen ; Island biogeography ; Population dynamics ; Biodiversity refuges (refugia) ; Species monitoring ; Endangered species ; Island faunas ; Plant, fossil vertebrate, and marine invertebrate records ; Extinction patterns : terrestrial vs. marine ; Role of zoological gardens ; Role of botanical gardens and herbaria ; Role of natural history museums ; Trilobites ; Ammonites ; Non-mammalian synapsids ; Marine reptiles ; Non-avian dinosaurs ; Hominin species ; Fossil and modern plant extinctions ; Marine invertebrates (modern) ; Fishes (modern) ; Sharks, rays, and chimaeras ; Amphibians (modern) ; Reptiles (modern) ; Birds (modern) ; Mammals (modern) ; Large cats ; African megaherbivores ; Marine mammals ; Primates ; Trees ; Cambrian extinctions (biomeres) ; The end-Ordovician extinction ; The Late Devonian and end-Devonian extinctions ; The end-Permina extinction ; the end-Triassic extinction -- v. 2. The end-Jurassic extinction ; The end-Cretaceous extinction ; Paleocene-Eocene turnover ; The Eocene-Oligocene extinction ; Late Quaternary extinctions ; North America (10,000-11,500 years ago) ; Extinction of the Eurasian megafauna ; South American native mammals ; Australia (50,000 years ago) ; Madagascar (2,000 years ago) ; New Zealand (500 years ago) ; Mediterranean islands (9,000 years ago) ; Modern biodiversity crisis ; Historical extinctions (1600-1850) ; Historical extinctions (1850-present) ; Subrecent oceanic island extinctions ; Tropical rain forests ; Coral reef ecosystems ; Extraterrestrial impact as a cause of extinction ; Large igneous province (LIP) volcanism ; Sea-level change ; Anoxia ; Climate change ; Habitat loss ; Agriculture ; Development ; Invasive species ; Fishing ; Hunting/food preferences ; Ecological economics ; Ecosystem services ; The relative cost of saving species ; Should extinction be prevented? ; The politics of extinction ; The future of life on Earth.
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Summary:
This new supplement explores all aspects of extinctions and extinct life, featuring approximately 80 articles outlining major extinctions and related scientific areas. Entries are written by nationally renowned subject experts specializing in zoology, paleontology, and environmental science. Written for students and general researchers.
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Library Journal Review

This title is meant as a companion to Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution (2011). MacLeod (Natural History Museum, London) calls this the first work of its kind on the subject, "[providing] a comprehensive overview of the many disparate topics covered by extinction research," combining in one title material on ancient extinctions with other work on the modern biodiversity crisis, along with coverage of social, political, and economic implications. Content appears as 83 articles contributed by as many scientists from around the world. The pieces are in no discernible order, other than more general articles at the beginning ("Kinds of Extinctions," "Evolution and Extinction") and the end ("The Future of Life on Earth"). Articles may cover a particular life form ("Primates," "Trees"), geologic time ("The End-Jurassic Extinction"), habitat or island ("Coral Reef Ecosystems," "Madagascar"), or other topic ("Role of Zoological Gardens," "Climate Change"). Color tables and illustrations add both content and visual variety. Each article is signed and concludes with a healthy list of resources. The set ends with further-reading suggestions, a list of related organizations, and a glossary. VERDICT While this title is highly recommended for academic libraries, its vocabulary is too stilted for the average reader, making it optional for all but the largest public libraries.-Teresa R. Faust, Vermont Dept. of Libs., Berlin (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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