The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert combines... show more
Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth.
Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Elizabeth Kolbert combines brilliant field reporting, the history of ideas and the work of geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the gripping stories of a dozen species – including the Panamanian golden frog and the Sumatran rhino – some already gone, others at the point of vanishing.
The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy and Elizabeth Kolbert's book urgently compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
Publish date: 2015-03-01
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
This book does a great job showing how mankind has effected the Earth and it’s environmental ecosystems, not just in the modern era but for thousands of years. Everything the author discusses is well documented or shown to be very well researched hypotheses.There have been five mass extinction event...
Each chapter was interesting enough and would have made a nice magazine article. As a book, it didn't work to well. The book was rather superficial and lacked detail. I get the impression that the author thinks humans are evil and responsible for every extinction since humans became a species. A...
What I thought:The Sixth ExtinctionThe Panamanian Golden Frogs are the focus of the chapter. However, the chapter is about the extinction of a large number of amphibians. Just made me sad as reading about extinctions always does.The Mastodon's MolarsFascinating story about an anatomist drawing concl...
This is a very interesting examination of how human activities lead to the extinction of other species. However, I knocked it down half a star from 4, which was my rating before the last two chapters. In one, she blames modern humans for the extinction of neanderthals, on what I would call inad...
I really enjoyed this book and it was quite easy to read. It is really a series of vignettes about different organisms that are either recently extinct or about to go extinct, and the scientists who study them. The author made me feel as if these creatures were friends that are slowly (or quickly ...