Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414490704
  • ISBN-13: 9781414490700
  • DDC: 590.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 964 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Based on the acclaimed print series, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., this new supplement covers extinct life. Written for students and general researchers, this supplement explores all aspects of extinctions and extinct life. Approximately 83 articles outline major extinctions and related scientific areas. Entries are written by nationally renowned subject specialists and peer-reviewed by the editor-in-chief and an editorial board of academic experts specializing in zoology, paleontology, and environmental science.

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Features and Benefits

  • Color illustrations bring long extinct species to life.
  • Subject matter experts ensure the content is accurate and scholarly rigorous.

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    ISBN-10: 1414490674 | ISBN-13: 9781414490670

Table of Contents

Types of extinctions.
Evolution & extinction.
The Importance of extinction to society.
Georges Cuvier and the discovery of extinction.
Historical extinctions (1600-1800).
Historical extinctions (1800-1950).
Historical extinctions (1950-Present).
Geological time scale.
Taxonomic compendia.
Stratigraphic completeness.
Extinction & the tree of life.
Extinction patterns: animals vs. plants.
Extinction patterns: terrestrial vs. marine.
Extinction rates (overview).
Extinction rates and the fossil record.
Estimating future extinction rates.
Population dynamics.
Island biogeography.
The Red Queen.
Game theory.
Conservation biology.
Biodiversity refuges (refugia).
Species monitoring.
Role of botanical gardens (herbaria).
Role of zoological gardens.
Role of natural history museums.
Non-mammalian synapsids.
Marine reptiles.
Non-avian dinosaurs.
Hominin species.
Island faunas.
Endangered species.
Methods for estimating extinction risk.
Marine invertebrates (modern).
Fish (modern).
Amphibians (modern).
Reptiles (modern).
Bird (modern).
Mammals (modern).
Cambrian Extinctions (biomeres).
The end-Ordovician extinction.
The end-Devonian extinction.
The end-Permian extinction.
The end-Triassic extinction.
The end-Jurassic extinction.
The end-Cretaceous extinction.
Paleocene-Eocene turnover.
The Eocene-Oligocene extinction.
Minor and localized extinction events.
Modern Biodiversity Crisis.
Pleistocene extinction
Madagascar (2000 years ago).
Indian Ocean, Pacific, and Caribbean Islands (500 - 1000 years ago).
New Zealand (500 years ago).
Tropical rain forests.
Coral reef ecosystems.
Polar ecosystems.
Biodiversity hotspots.
Bolide impact.
LIP volcanism.
Sea-level change.
Climate change.
Competitive replacement.
Dispersal barriers.
Habitat loss.
Invasive species.
Species hybridization.
Anthroprogenic activities.
Economic models for valuing biodiversity.
Ecosystem services.
Should extinction be prevented?
The politics of extinction.
The endangered species act.
IUCN Redlist.
The future of life on Earth.