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The sixth extinction : patterns of life and the future of humankind

Author: Richard E Leakey; Roger Lewin
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1996, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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"Thirty thousand species are wiped out every year-a rate matching the patterns of five previous massive extinctions. In each, 65 percent of all living species disappeared in a geological instant. In The Sixth Extinction, bestselling author Richard Leakey, the world's foremost paleoanthropologist and former head of Kenya's wildlife preservation program, and award-winning science writer Roger Lewin describe the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard E Leakey; Roger Lewin
ISBN: 0385468091 9780385468091
OCLC Number: 36002376
Notes: Originally published: New York : Doubleday, 1995.
Description: 271 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: A personal perspective. --
Time and change. Life's salient mystery ; The mainspring of evolution ; The big five ; Extinction: Bad genes or bad luck? --
The engine of evolution. Homo Sapiens, the pinnacle of evolution? ; Endless forms most beautiful. --
The balance of nature? Stability and chaos in ecology ; Human impacts of the past ; The modern elephant story. --
The future. An accident of history ; The sixth extinction ; Does it matter?
Responsibility: Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin.

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"Thirty thousand species are wiped out every year-a rate matching the patterns of five previous massive extinctions. In each, 65 percent of all living species disappeared in a geological instant. In The Sixth Extinction, bestselling author Richard Leakey, the world's foremost paleoanthropologist and former head of Kenya's wildlife preservation program, and award-winning science writer Roger Lewin describe the consequences of those great extinctions and present the evidence that we have entered another such age-one brought about by human agency. A sobering but necessary call to arms, the book paints a terrifying scenario for the future of life on Earth-unless mankind mends its destructive ways. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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