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Biological Mystery Series, Volume 4: Carboniferous & Permian Creatures [Japanese]

Series: Biological Mystery Series [Japanese] Volume: 4

By: Ken Tsuchiya (Author)

152 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

Gijutsuhyōronsha

Hardback | Jul 2014 | #224884 | ISBN-13: 9784774165882
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Language: Japanese with scientific nomenclature

This series gives an unprecedented insight into the fascinating world of ancient creatures, and tickles and awakens the reader's intellectual curiosity.

The fourth installment deals with organisms from the Carboniferous (358.9 ± 0.4 to about 298.9 ± 0.15 million years ago) and Permian (298.9 ± 0.15 to 252.17 ± 0.06 million years ago) periods. During the Carboniferous period, much of the land had a wet tropical climate all year round, and some of the largest forests the world has ever seen grew during this period. Insects, which had appeared in the previous era, shared the land with amphibians that had swaggered onto land in lush and dense jungle filled with tree ferns. As the Earth headed towards a period of glaciation the Carboniferous came to an end. During the Permian the two supercontinents of Gondwana and Laurussia collided, forming the supercontinent Pangaea.

These two periods preceded the era of the dinosaurs. What happened on Earth during these two ages? This volume looks at two centuries of fossil finds to sketch the history of life on earth during this time.

Summary in Japanese:
魅惑的な古生物たちの世界。
知的好奇心をくすぐり、知的探究心を呼び起こし、そして何よりシンプルに面白い。
そんな世界を、みなさまにお届けします。

シリーズ4作目は「石炭紀・ペルム紀の生物」。
石炭紀になると、陸上の多くは1年中湿潤な熱帯気候に覆われ、時代は大森林の世界に移ります。
前時代に登場した昆虫類、両生類が、鬱蒼と茂る木生シダの間を闊歩し、生物たちは陸上の楽園を謳歌します。
しかし、地球は氷河時代へと突入。石炭紀は終わりを告げます。
ペルム紀になると二つの大陸が衝突、パンゲア超大陸が形成。
両生類の時代が勃興し、爬虫類が拡散。
生物たちの楽園は再び絶頂を迎えるが……

恐竜時代の前の時代に当たる石炭紀とペルム紀。
この二つの時代に一体何が起こったのか?
地球上の生命史において、石炭紀・ペルム紀はどういう意味を成していたのか?
二つの紀の化石をひもときながら、この時代を懸命に生きた古生物の姿に迫ります。


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