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The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
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The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind by Richard E. Leakey

Richard Leakey, One Of The WorldsForemost Experts On Mans Evolutionary Past, Now TurnsHis Eye To The Future And Doesnt Like What HeSees. To the philosophical theearth is eternal, while the human race -- presumptivekeeper of the worlds history -- is a mere speckin the rich stream of life. It is known thatnothing upon Earth is forever; geography, climate, andplant and animal life are all subject to radicalchange. On five occasions in the past, catastrophicnatural events have caused mass extinctions onEarth. But today humans stand alone, in dubiousdistinction, among Earths species:HomoSapienspossesses the ability to destroyentire species at will, to trigger the sixthextinction in the history of life. InThe SixthExtinction, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewinconsider how the grand sprawl of human life isinexorably wreaking havoc around the world. Theauthors ofOriginsandOrigins Reconsidered, unimpeachableauthorities on the human fossil record, turn theirattention to the most uncharted anthropological territoryof all: the future, and mans role in defining it.According to Leakey and Lewin, man and hissurrounding species are end products of history andchance. Now, however, humans have the uniqueopportunity to recognize their influence on the globalecosystem, and consciously steer the outcome in orderto avoid triggering an unimaginable upheaval. From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Richard E. Leakey

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Anchor

Publication Date: 1996-10-01

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