New York: Viking Press, 2004. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover with Dust Jacket.
No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal shelf handling; A Fine Hardcover in a Fine Dust Jacket. A Giftable Book.
Fine / Fine. Item #17241
Millennia prior to the era of dinosaurs, our planet was home to a remarkable species known as gorgons. These creatures, reminiscent of beings from Greek mythology, were lion-sized lizards possessing formidable attributes. They boasted colossal heads, razor-sharp teeth, reptilian eyes, a tail capable of slashing, and, intriguingly, a possible combination of mammalian hair alongside their reptilian scales.
However, in a geological blink of an eye, roughly 250 million years ago at the close of the Permian period, the gorgons and numerous other vital terrestrial and marine species vanished. This event, the Permian extinction, eclipsed the cataclysmic demise of the dinosaurs.
A profound investigation into this environmental apocalypse from a quarter-billion years ago, predating the age of the dinosaurs, unfolds a harrowing narrative of devastation. This catastrophe claimed the lives of an astounding ninety percent of Earth's plant and animal species.
It offers an in-depth exploration of the ancient world inhabited by the enigmatic gorgons, delves into the underlying causes of mass extinctions, and prompts reflection on the implications of such events for the future of humanity.