Event Title

Session E-3: Extinction: Evolution of a Concept

Session Number

E-3

Grade Level

Grade Level: 9-12

Start Date

1-3-2013 2:10 PM

End Date

1-3-2013 3:10 PM

Description

The notion of extinction plays a significant role in modern biological and environmental thought, and in the construction of public policy. This session will examine the history of the idea of extinction in the western tradition. We will trace its roots in early modern natural history, and explore the development of the concept in terms of Darwin evolution and modern paleontology. We will also examine the rise of environmental policy aimed at preventing extinction. Finally, the session will pay special attention to the notion of mass extinction, its effect on the understanding of evolution, and its place in contemporary debates on climate change.

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Session E-3: Extinction: Evolution of a Concept

The notion of extinction plays a significant role in modern biological and environmental thought, and in the construction of public policy. This session will examine the history of the idea of extinction in the western tradition. We will trace its roots in early modern natural history, and explore the development of the concept in terms of Darwin evolution and modern paleontology. We will also examine the rise of environmental policy aimed at preventing extinction. Finally, the session will pay special attention to the notion of mass extinction, its effect on the understanding of evolution, and its place in contemporary debates on climate change.