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Not the End of the World?


96 Pages, 9 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: October 2013

ISBN 9780565093211

Rights: US & CA

Natural History Museum, London (Oct 2013)

Price: $17.95


A highly readable introduction to the causes of extinction, the different types of extinction, and how relevant it is to the world today 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. This book discusses today's key issues, from biodiversity and conservation to the threat of human extinction, and explores the major extinction events of the past, 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. Presenting the latest research in an accessible and engaging way, this is a complete introduction to an important and often complex subject.


"This is a very useful resource for both teachers and well as anyone wanting some excellent information on extinctions, and extinction as a process." —Green Teacher

Author Biography

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, including many children's nonfiction titles for DK Publishing, has worked on the staff at London's Natural History Museum, and is a senior scientific fellow of the Zoological Society of London.