Extinction

Not the End of the World?

Steve Parker

A highly readable introduction to the causes of extinction, the different types of extinction and how relevant it is to the world today.

ISBN:
978 0 56509321 1
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£9.99
Published:
February 2013
Size:
278 x 218 mm
Extent:
96 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Published to accompany the major new exhibition of the same name, Extinction: not the end of the world? is a complete introduction to an important and often complex subject.

More than 999 of every 1,000 species that have ever lived on the planet have become extinct. As part of evolution, extinction of the old allows emergence of the new. It is integral to the Earth’s continually changing range and richness of life-forms. 

Presenting the latest research in an accessible and engaging way, the book discusses today’s key issues, from biodiversity and conservation to the threat of human extinction, as well as exploring the major extinction events of the past and explaining how scientists know all this. 

Throughout the book there are engaging extinction case studies from around the world showing, for example, how local extinctions such as the large blue butterfly can be reversed.

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Author

Steve Parker is an author, editor and consultant specializing in the natural world, biology, technology and general sciences. 

He has written more than 250 books and has worked on the staff at the Natural History Museum. Steve is a Senior Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

About the exhibition

Extinction: Not the End of the World? is open from 8 February to 8 September 2013.

What does extinction mean to you? Death, the end? Or maybe a new start?

In this exhibition, astonishing images, real specimens and interactive installations will bring to life some of the amazing lost species. It will highlight those endangered today, as well as the remarkable stories of survivors of mass extinctions.

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