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Author Prothero, Donald R, author.

Title When humans nearly vanished : the catastrophic explosion of the Toba volcano / Donald R. Prothero.

Publication Info. Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    551.2109 PRO    Available
Description 198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Summary "The true story of the explosion of the Mount Toba supervolcano, the largest eruption in the past 28 million years, and its lasting impact on Earth and human evolution."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: A very bad day on Planet Earth -- 1: Mystery of the missing megavolcano. Serendipity ; Frozen in the ice ; Data in Davy Jones's locker ; Blowing the case wide open ; Mystery solved -- 2: Vulcan's fury. The forge of Hephaistos ; Incineration ; Why do volcanoes behave so differently from one another? -- 3: Land of the killer volcanoes. The Indonesian Arc ; Krakatau cracks ; Tambora and the year without a summer ; Supervolcanoes -- 4: Clues in your genes. The blueprint of life ; Too many genes ; Clockwork DNA ; "Mitochondrial Eve" ; Through the bottleneck ; Bottlenecks in humans -- 5: Roots. The third chimpanzee ; Fossils versus molecules ; Out of Eurasia? ; The Piltdown hoax -- 6: Out of Africa. The Taung child, Mrs. Ples, and Dear Boy ; The human lineage ; Our genus, Homo ; Modern humans evolve -- 7: Humanity at the crossroads. Consilience ; The threads of Toba ; Bottlenecks everywhere ; Testing the hypothesis ; The critics strike back ; Where do we stand now? -- 8: Volcanoes of doom. The "Big Five" ; The doom of the dinosaurs ; "The Great Dying" ; The third eruption ; Volcanoes and extinction -- 9: Future shocks. Could it happen again? ; Supervolcanoes in America ; A perspective on catastrophes.
Subject Supervolcanoes.
ISBN 9781588346353 (hardcover)
1588346358 (hardcover)

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