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Advances in Vertebrate Paleobiology

Extinctions in Near Time

Causes, Contexts, and Consequences

Editors: MacPhee, Ross D.E., SUES, HANS-DIETER (Eds.)

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"Near time" -an interval that spans the last 100,000 years or so of earth history-qualifies as a remarkable period for many reasons. From an anthropocentric point of view, the out­ standing feature of near time is the fact that the evolution, cultural diversification, and glob­ al spread of Homo sapiens have all occurred within it. From a wider biological perspective, however, the hallmark of near time is better conceived of as being one of enduring, repeat­ ed loss. The point is important. Despite the sense of uniqueness implicit in phrases like "the biodiversity crisis," meant to convey the notion that the present bout of extinctions is by far the worst endured in recent times, substantial losses have occurred throughout near time. In the majority of cases, these losses occurred when, and only when, people began to ex­ pand across areas that had never before experienced their presence. Although the explana­ tion for these correlations in time and space may seem obvious, it is one thing to rhetori­ cally observe that there is a connection between humans and recent extinctions, and quite another to demonstrate it scientifically. How should this be done? Traditionally, the study of past extinctions has fallen largely to researchers steeped in such disciplines as paleontology, systematics, and paleoecology. The evaluation of future losses, by contrast, has lain almost exclusively within the domain of conservation biolo­ gists. Now, more than ever, there is opportunity for overlap and sharing of information.

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`This book is a must-read if you have any curiosity, fascination, or professional interest in extinctions of the past or present. If you are among those concerned about our environment and the fact that we are losing more animal species each year, you should read this book.'
Discovering Archaeology, 1:5 (1999)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Extinctions in Near Time
Book Subtitle
Causes, Contexts, and Consequences
Editors
  • Ross D.E. MacPhee
  • HANS-DIETER SUES
Series Title
Advances in Vertebrate Paleobiology
Series Volume
2
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-5202-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-5202-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46092-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3315-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 394
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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