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The Sixth Extinction
Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
Written by Richard E. Leakey
Contribution by Roger Lewin


The Sixth Extinction .

Category: Science - Environmental Science
Imprint: Anchor
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: October 1996
Price: $16.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-46809-1 (0-385-46809-1)
Pages: 288



 
In this tour de force which will inform your students, Leakey and Lewin examine the five mass extinctions that have taken place in history-each of which claimed 65% of Earth's species. The authors draw parallels between these evolutionary crises and mankind's destruction of 30,000 species per year in the present. The conclusion: life on Earth is in the midst of a Sixth Extinction.

PRAISE FOR THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

"Well informed, artfully purveyed--an unsettling...and unnerving tale of [flora and fauna] emerging in a wink of the evolutionary eye and exiting just as abruptly."  --New York Times Book Review

"Convincing.  Few could fail to agree with their conclusion."  --Philadelphia Inquirer

"Leaky and Lewin combine their expertise in paleoanthropology and evolutionary biology in order to assess the evolutionary future of Homo sapiens."--Science News



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Richard Leakey is the world's most famous living paleoanthropologist.  For five years, he was the director of Kenya's Wildlife Services, where he was successful in bringing elephant poaching to a halt.  He lives in Kenya.

Roger Lewin is a respected author in his own right.  The Royal Society of London judged his book Bones of Contention to be the best science book published in Great Britain in 1988.  He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.





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