To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
 
 
United States
£ GBP
All Shops
We're still open for business - read our EU and Covid-19 statements

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £40 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £22 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Palaeontology  Palaeozoology & Extinctions

Extinctions Living and Dying in the Margin of Error

New
By: Michael Hannah(Author)
240 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
NHBS
This scholarly but accessibly written book takes a balanced look at past mass extinctions, arguing it is too early to call The Sixth Extinction, but that we are headed for it if we do not change our relationship with the living world.
Extinctions
Click to have a closer look
  • Extinctions ISBN: 9781108843539 Hardback Sep 2021 In stock
    £19.99
    #252795
Price: £19.99
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

Are we now entering a mass extinction event? What can mass extinctions in Earth's history tell us about the Anthropocene? What do mass extinction events look like and how does life on Earth recover from them? The fossil record reveals periods when biodiversity exploded, and short intervals when much of life was wiped out in mass extinction events. In comparison with these ancient events, today's biotic crisis hasn't (yet) reached the level of extinction to be called a mass extinction. But we are certainly in crisis, and current parallels with ancient mass extinction events are profound and deeply worrying. Humanity's actions are applying the same sorts of pressures – on similar scales – that in the past pushed the Earth system out of equilibrium and triggered mass extinction events. Analysis of the fossil record suggests that we still have some time to avert this disaster: but we must act now.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Further reading

Introduction
1. The Anthropocene and the Earth system
2. A short detour: the fossil record and the geological time scale
3. The origin of animals and the emergence of the Earth system
4. Documenting ancient biodiversity
5. Mass extinctions – the basics
6. Causes of the End-Permian and End-Cretaceous extinction events
7. Time heals all – recovering from a mass extinction
8. The late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions
9. Surviving the Anthropocene

Further reading
Index

Customer Reviews

Biography

Michael Hannah is Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He completed his PhD at Adelaide University, specializing in palaeontology and biostratigraphy (the art of dating rocks using fossils). After a brief stint in industry, he took up a position at Victoria University, where he became involved in two major Antarctic drilling projects, helping to decipher ancient changes in climate and the history of the Antarctic ice sheets. Throughout his career he has been fascinated by the story of the evolution of early life and the terrifying consequences of the mass extinctions that are recorded in the fossil record.

New
By: Michael Hannah(Author)
240 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
NHBS
This scholarly but accessibly written book takes a balanced look at past mass extinctions, arguing it is too early to call The Sixth Extinction, but that we are headed for it if we do not change our relationship with the living world.
Media reviews

"[...] a useful and succinct summary of the research into the reality and timing of mass extinctions from the early concepts to recent research – it brought me up-to-date with current thinking on mass extinctions. I admire his 'sceptical' stance: attempting to discriminate what a mass extinction actually is – outside the biggest three – is not as easy as has been assumed. The mass extinctions of the past clearly have relevance to the current approaching catastrophe in the Anthropocene, and the careful appraisal of exactly where we are in comparison with previous extinctions will be of great concern to those interested in the 'long view'. I particularly appreciated the focus on the notion of the interconnectedness of Earth systems."
– Richard Fortey, author of Life: An Unauthorised Biography and Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution

"Despite its somber title and topic, Extinctions is an exuberant road trip through the history of life on Earth, led by a friendly and knowledgeable guide who knows all the locals along the way. Visiting so many ancestral Earthlings and vanished ecosystems is heady – and deeply humbling."
– Marcia Bjornerud, Lawrence University, author of Timefulness and Reading the Rocks

"Michael Hannah shows vividly in this book that the 8.7 million species on Earth today are profoundly at risk; the lessons of the fossil record tell us what will surely happen it we continue pushing species after species to the brink."
– Michael Benton, Author of Dinosaurs Rediscovered

"[...] there is something dreadtuily menacing about the massive species loss and climate change the world is currently experiencing. making this book a balanced yet deeply unsettiing account of what humans are unwittingly doing to the world."
– Ian Tattersall,  co-author of The Accidental Homo sapiens

"[...] asks us to consider whether we wish to join asteroid strikes and massive volcanic eruptions as causes of mass extinction. Or whether we can change our relationships with the wonderful diversity of life around us to avoid such an ignominious outcome."
– Mark Williams, University of Leicester

"An accessible and authoritative guide to the past, present, and future of extinctions. Michael Hannah dives into the fossil record and surveys the great mass extinctions of Earth history, from the death of the dinosaurs to the demise of the woolly mammoth, and explains how they are relevant to understanding the predicament we are in today, and to plotting a better future."
– Steve Brusatte, University of Edinburgh and New York Times/Sunday Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"Michael Hannah's book expertly examines the geological record of mass extinction events. It asks us to consider whether we wish to join asteroid strikes and massive volcanic eruptions as causes of mass extinction. Or whether we can change our relationships with the wonderful diversity of life around us to avoid such an ignominious outcome."
– Mark Williams, University of Leicester

Current promotions
British WildlifeAnts - The Ultimate Social InsectsNew Year SaleBacklist Bargains 2022