01 March 2013

"When Life Nearly Died" by Michael J Benton

Benton does a fantastic job detailing the evolution of geology, paleontology and other related sciences over the past couple of centuries. The author actually details the two largest mass extinctions, though he gives extra coverage to the larger of the two (which is the namesake of the book).

Interesting tidbit: most of our knowledge of these past two (of the five great extinction) has been put together over the past two decades. Sometimes I think that everything we know about the 'dinosaurs' we have known forever, but no, it is common for us to have only recently figured it out.

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