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Read online Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere For million years dinosaurs ruled the Earth until a deadly asteroid forced their extinction But what accounts for the incredible longevity of dinosaurs A renowned scientist now provides a startling explanation that is rewriting the history of the Age of Dinosaurs Dinosaurs were pretty amazing creatures real life monsters that have the power to fascinate us And their fiery Hollywood ending only serves to make the story that much more dramatic But fossil evidence demonstrates that dinosaurs survived several mass extinctions and were seemingly unaffected by catastrophes that decimated most other life on Earth What could explain their uncanny ability to endure through the ages Biologist and earth scientist Peter Ward now accounts for the remarkable indestructibility of dinosaurs by connecting their unusual respiration system with their ability to adapt to Earth s changing environment a system that was ultimately bequeathed to their descendants birds By tracing the evolutionary path back through time and carefully connecting the dots from birds to dinosaurs Ward describes the unique form of breathing shared by these two distant relatives and demonstrates how this simple but remarkable characteristic provides the elusive explanation to a question that has thus far stumped scientists Nothing short of revolutionary in its bold presentation of an astonishing theory i Out of Thin Air i is a story of science at the edge of discovery Ward is an outstanding guide to the process of scientific detection Audacious and innovative in his thinking meticulous and thoroughly detailed in his research only a scientist of his caliber is capable of telling this surprising story by Peter D. Ward, David W. Ehlert

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Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere
Title:Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere
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Category:Science, Evolution, Non fiction, History, Natural history, Palaeontology, Geology, Biology, Historical
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The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?, A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth, The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps, Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future, Future Evolution, Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe, Gorgon: The Monsters That Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and How They Died in the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History, Life as We Do Not Know It: The NASA Search for (and Synthesis of) Alien Life, The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World, Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere
br In The Medea Hypothesis renowned paleontologist Peter Ward proposes a revolutionary and provocative vision of life s relationship with the Earth s biosphere one that has frightening implications for our future yet also offers hope Using the latest discoveries from the geological record he argues that life might be its own worst enemy This stands in stark contrast to James Lovelock s Gaia hypothesis the idea that life sustains habitable conditions on Earth In answer to Gaia which draws on the idea of the good mother who nurtures life Ward invokes Medea the mythical mother who killed her own children Could life by its very nature threaten its own existence br According to the Medea hypothesis it does Ward demonstrates that all but one of the mass extinctions that have struck Earth were caused by life itself He looks at our planet s history in a new way revealing an Earth that is witnessing an alarming decline of diversity and biomass a decline brought on by life s own biocidal tendencies And the Medea hypothesis applies not just to our planet its dire prognosis extends to all potential life in the universe Yet life on Earth doesn t have to be lethal Ward shows why but warns that our time is running out br Breathtaking in scope The Medea Hypothesis is certain to arouse fierce debate and radically transform our worldview It serves as an urgent challenge to all of us to think in new ways if we hope to save ourselves from ourselves br, n November Dr John Chambers of the NASA Ames search Center gave a seminar to the Astrobiology Group at the OUniversity of Washington The audience of about listened with rapt attention as Chambers described results from a computer study of how planetary systems form The goal of his research was to answer a dec tively simple question How often would newly forming planetary systems produce Earth like planets given a star the size of our own sun By Ear like Chambers meant a rocky planet with water on its surface orbiting within a star s habitable zone This not too hot and not too cold inner gion relatively close to the star supports the presence of liquid water on a planet surface for hundreds of million of years the time span probably n essary for the evolution of life To answer the question of just how many Earth like planets might be spawned in such a planetary system Chambers had spent thousands of hours running highly sophisticated modeling p grams through arrays of powerful computers x Preface to the Paperback Edition The results presented at the meeting were startling The simulations showed that rocky planets orbiting at the right distances from the central star are easily formed but they can end up with a wide range of water c tent, Sea level rise will happen no matter what we do Even if we stopped all carbon dioxide emissions today the seas would rise one meter by and three meters by This not drought species extinction or excessive heat waves will be the most catastrophic effect of global warming And it won t simply redraw our coastlines agriculture electrical and fiber optic systems and shipping will be changed forever And as icebound regions melt new sources of oil gas minerals and arable land will be revealed as will fierce geopolitical battles over who owns the rights to them br br In i The Flooded Earth i species extinction expert Peter Ward describes in intricate detail what our world will look like in and beyond In a blueprint for a foreseeable future Ward also explains what politicians and policymakers around the world should be doing now to head off the worst consequences of an inevitable transformation, For million years dinosaurs ruled the Earth until a deadly asteroid forced their extinction But what accounts for the incredible longevity of dinosaurs A renowned scientist now provides a startling explanation that is rewriting the history of the Age of Dinosaurs Dinosaurs were pretty amazing creatures real life monsters that have the power to fascinate us And their fiery Hollywood ending only serves to make the story that much more dramatic But fossil evidence demonstrates that dinosaurs survived several mass extinctions and were seemingly unaffected by catastrophes that decimated most other life on Earth What could explain their uncanny ability to endure through the ages Biologist and earth scientist Peter Ward now accounts for the remarkable indestructibility of dinosaurs by connecting their unusual respiration system with their ability to adapt to Earth s changing environment a system that was ultimately bequeathed to their descendants birds By tracing the evolutionary path back through time and carefully connecting the dots from birds to dinosaurs Ward describes the unique form of breathing shared by these two distant relatives and demonstrates how this simple but remarkable characteristic provides the elusive explanation to a question that has thus far stumped scientists Nothing short of revolutionary in its bold presentation of an astonishing theory i Out of Thin Air i is a story of science at the edge of discovery Ward is an outstanding guide to the process of scientific detection Audacious and innovative in his thinking meticulous and thoroughly detailed in his research only a scientist of his caliber is capable of telling this surprising story