The Eocene-Oligocene Transition: Paradise Lost

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Columbia University Press, 1994 - Science - 291 pages
Describes the Eocene-Oligocene extinctions, an important turning-point in Earth history approximately 40 million years ago, when the first signs of Antarctic glaciation appeared. The text relates how, during a period of global cooling, the planet's climate and vegetation changed dramatically.
 

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Contents

The Palmy Balmy Polar Regions
16
The Tropical Tethys
22
An Eocene Garden of Eden?
29
Dawn of the Recent
37
Microfossils and Modern Time Scales
45
The 40Ar39Ar Revolution 5 8
58
The Middle Eocene
73
Middle Eocene Marine Life
79
Bridger Uinta and Duchesne River
95
The Asian Connection
117
Terminal Eocene Event?
129
The Oligocene 16 7
167
Glaciers Volcanoes or Asteroids?
225
References
249
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285
Copyright

Floral Fluctuations
88

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About the author (1994)

Donald R. Prothero is a Research Associate in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has taught college geology and paleontology for 40 years at institutions such as Columbia University, Vassar College, Knox College, and Pierce College, and currently at Cal Poly Pomona. For 27 years, he was Professor of Geology at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He earned his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in geological sciences from Columbia University. He is the author of over 300 scientific papers published in leading journals and over 30 titles in geology, paleontology and evolutionary biology.

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