By Peter D. Ward

ISBN-10: 0716734966

ISBN-13: 9780716734963

Each person wonders what day after today holds, yet what's going to the true destiny seem like? now not a long time or maybe hundreds and hundreds of years from now, yet millions or hundreds of thousands of years into the longer term. Will our species swap appreciably? Or do we turn into developers of the subsequent dominant intelligence on the earth- the machine?

These and different likely terrific eventualities are the very attainable realities explored in Peter Ward's destiny Evolution, a penetrating examine what may perhaps come subsequent within the heritage of the planet. seeking to the earlier for clues in regards to the destiny, Ward describes how the most catalyst for evolutionary switch has traditionally been mass extinction. whereas many scientist direly expect that humanity will ultimately create any such scenario, Ward argues that one is already good underway--the extinction of enormous mammals--and new Age of Humanity is coming that might significantly revise the range of lifestyles in the world. eventually, Ward examines the query of human extinction and reaches the startling end that the likeliest state of affairs isn't really our drawing close loss of life yet long-term survival--perhaps attaining so far as the dying of the Sun!

Full of Alexis Rockman's breathtaking colour pictures of what animals, crops and different organisms may possibly seem like millions and thousands of years from now, destiny Evolution takes readers on a massive trip via time from the deep prior into the some distance future.

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While Cambridge sits upon the chalk of the Cretaceous, Oxford lies in the opposite direction from London, toward older rocks. Its buildings are made of yellow and tan Jurassic sandstone, limestone, and oolite (a delectable geologic term used to describe a particular grainy limestone). A n d for reasons unknown, it has bred or attracted a batch of evolutionists quite different from the Cambridge mix. Richard Dawkins and Robert M a y are there. But the most iconoclastic may be N o r m a n Myers, a conservationist turned futurist who sees and fears the worst not only for the future of biodiversity, but for the future of evolution itself, in the upcoming years.

There must have been hundreds of t h e m in the huge pile, and it is clear from the photo that a brisk trade of some sort was going on around them. An auction, perhaps. T h e old bartender looked at the photo, as if for the first time, and professed ignorance; all he knew was that there had never been elephants living around Graaf Reinett in his tribe's memory. T h e Karoo is dry and dusty; it does not seem like elephant country, so I believed him. But as years went by and I learned more about elephants, I began to wonder.

But there may be more to the story. T h e megamammals still left on Earth now make up the bulk of endangered species, and many large mammalian species are now at risk. If the first phase of the modern mass extinction was the loss of megamammals, its current phase seems concentrated on plants, birds, and insects as the planet's ancient forests are turned into fields, cities, and toxic waste dumps. As we race forward into the new millennium, powered by an Internet-fueled economy, biologists strain to look forward in time, watching for the suspected new biological onslaught to begin.

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