Cretaceous Meteor Showers, the Human Ecological “Niche,” and the Sixth Extinction

  • Niles Eldredge
Part of the Advances in Vertebrate Paleobiology book series (AIVP, volume 2)


Mass extinctions are real events that have had a profound effect on the course of biological evolutionary history. In retrospect, it is astonishing that it took a full century and a half since the publication of Cuvier’s (1812) monograph detailing successive episodes of extinction and consequent biotic rebounds—rebounds that modern science attributes to evolution, but that Cuvier understood as separate acts of Creation—for the importance of extinction to come to the fore.


Mass Extinction Local Ecosystem East African Rift Geological Past Hierarchy Theory 
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  • Niles Eldredge
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  1. 1.Department of InvertebratesAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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