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The sixth extinction : patterns of life and the future of humankind, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin

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The sixth extinction : patterns of life and the future of humankind
Title
The sixth extinction
Title remainder
patterns of life and the future of humankind
Statement of responsibility
Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin
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Language
eng
Summary
"There have been five great extinctions in the long history of life on earth, the most recent 65 million years ago, when all dinosaur species perished in an astonishingly brief period of time. Each of these great extinctions was unimaginably catastrophic - at least 65 percent of all species living vanished in a geological instant; in the Permian extinction, nearly 95 percent of all species were obliterated. The agency for these extinctions, the why, is hotly debated - sudden climate change, asteroids, evolutionary inadequacy - but the patterns are remarkably consistent."--BOOK JACKET. "Now, as Leakey and Lewin show with inarguable logic based on irrefutable scientific evidence, the sixth great extinction is underway. And this time the cause is beyond dispute: By the lowest estimate, thirty thousand species are wiped out by human agency every year - a rate that matches the patterns of the other five great extinctions with frightening exactitude."--BOOK JACKET. "As the authors show, such dramatic and overwhelming extinction threatens the entire complex fabric of life on earth, including the species at fault, Homo sapiens. Unless we come to realize the devastating consequence of our rapacious behavior, we will follow the mastodon, the great auk, the carrier pigeon, and our other victims into the oblivion of extinction."--BOOK JACKET
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Leakey, Richard E
Dewey number
304.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GF75
LC item number
.L425 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Lewin, Roger
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  • Nature
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Extinction (Biology)
Target audience
adult
Label
The sixth extinction : patterns of life and the future of humankind, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-262) and index
Contents
  • 5.
  • Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?
  • 6.
  • Homo sapiens, the Pinnacle of Evolution?
  • 7.
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful
  • 8.
  • Value in Diversity
  • 9.
  • Stability and Chaos in Ecology
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Human Impacts of the Past
  • 11.
  • The Modern Elephant Story
  • 12.
  • An Accident of History
  • 13.
  • The Sixth Extinction
  • 14.
  • Does It Matter?
  • A Personal Perspective
  • 2.
  • Life's Salient Mystery
  • 3.
  • The Mainspring of Evolution
  • 4.
  • The Big Five
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
271 p.
Isbn
9780385424974
Lccn
95018286
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM32510468
  • CARL032510468
Label
The sixth extinction : patterns of life and the future of humankind, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-262) and index
Contents
  • 5.
  • Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?
  • 6.
  • Homo sapiens, the Pinnacle of Evolution?
  • 7.
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful
  • 8.
  • Value in Diversity
  • 9.
  • Stability and Chaos in Ecology
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Human Impacts of the Past
  • 11.
  • The Modern Elephant Story
  • 12.
  • An Accident of History
  • 13.
  • The Sixth Extinction
  • 14.
  • Does It Matter?
  • A Personal Perspective
  • 2.
  • Life's Salient Mystery
  • 3.
  • The Mainspring of Evolution
  • 4.
  • The Big Five
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
271 p.
Isbn
9780385424974
Lccn
95018286
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM32510468
  • CARL032510468

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