Out of Thin Air

Out of Thin Air

Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere

Book - 2006
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Discusses the effect of changing oxygen levels in Earth's atmosphere on evolution and mass extinctions, and presents the theory that saurischian dinosaurs were able to weather two mass extinctions because of a new, more efficient respiratory system, which was in turn inherited by their descendants the birds
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : J. Henry Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780309100618
0309100615
Characteristics: xiii, 282 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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May 20, 2015

The author makes a good case, at least from my non-expert point of view, for the thesis that oxygen levels are the most important influencing factor in shaping the history of life on Earth. The thesis is continuously added to and refined for specific applications as the book progresses.

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