Gorgon: The Monsters That Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and How They Died in the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History

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Penguin, Feb 1, 2005 - Science - 257 pages
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Millions of years before the Age of Dinosaurs, an environmental cataclysm annihilated 90 percent of all plant and animal life on the planet. In this lost world that was swept away 250 million years ago, the ferocious lizard-like Gorgon was the T. rex of its day. In this remarkable journey of discovery deep into Earth's history, Peter D. Ward, one of the world's most recognized authorities on mass extinctions, examines the strange and mysterious fate of this little-known prehistoric animal and its contemporaries--the ancestors of the turtle, the crocodile, the lizard, and eventually the dinosaur. Based on more than a decade's research in South Africa's Karoo Desert, Ward's groundbreaking work offers provocative theories on the mass extinctions of the past and confronts the startling implications they hold for humanity's future on the planet.

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Review: Gorgon: The Monsters That Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and HowThey Died in the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Tells the tale of both the transition of the end of the Triassic into the Jurassic and of the trials and tribulations of a fossil hunter in a different country. Collecting important fossils often runs afoul of local customs, personal intrigue, and difficult landscapes; this book has all of that. Read full review

Review: Gorgon: The Monsters That Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and HowThey Died in the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History

User Review  - Michael Cyrocki - Goodreads

All about the fossil record of the Permian extinction event. The story mostly takes place in the Karoo, South Africa, where the fossil record for this time period before dinosaurs is well preserved. Read full review

Contents

Arriving
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Bones in the Karoo
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Gradual or Sudden?
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About the author (2005)

He is a freelance cameraman and television trainer working with International Training and Television Consultancy. He is ex-Chairman of the Guild of Television Cameramen and former Head of Cameras at Television South West.

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