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Dinosaur Extinction

J. David Archibald and David E. Fastovsky

in The Dinosauria

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520242098
eISBN:
9780520941434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520242098.003.0033
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The disappearance of nonavian dinosaurs is only a small part of a greater class of extinctions known as “mass extinctions.” Mass extinctions are global events characterized by unusually high rates of ... More


Ideas in Dinosaur Paleontology: Resonating to Social and Political Context

David E. Fastovsky

in The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226748610
eISBN:
9780226748597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Paleontology

This chapter examines the social and political meaning of dinosaur paleontology in popular culture. It considers three case studies: the paleobiology of the large theropod T. rex, the discovery of ... More


Scientific Disciplines in Isolation, 2: Those with Less Obvious Connections to Nuclear War

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Nuclear war analysts often compared nuclear detonations to volcanic eruptions. The connection between volcanic eruptions and climatic changes, suggested long ago by Benjamin Franklin and others, ... More


A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Lawrence Badash

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The nuclear winter phenomenon burst upon the public’s consciousness in 1983. Added to the horror of a nuclear war’s immediate effects was the fear that the smoke from fires ignited by the explosions ... More


Policy and the Arms Race

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The federal government was hopelessly in a dilemma about nuclear winter, concerned that it might force a reconsideration of its national policy. The military was less apprehensive, recognizing quite ... More


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