Table of Contents:
- Extinction and the fossil record / Paul D. Taylor
- Extinctions in life's earliest history / J. William Schopf
- Mass extinctionsin plant evolution / Scott L. Wing
- The beginning of the Mesozoic : 70 million years of environmental stress and extinction / David J. Bottjer
- Causes of mass extinctions / Paul D. Wignall
- The evolutionary role of mass extinctions : disaster, recovery and something in-between / David Jablonski.