The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Cites five previous mass extinctions on planet Earth while explaining that the human race may be the first to trigger its own destruction, as well as the destruction of nonhuman species through irresponsible practices. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
There have been five great extinctions in the long history of life on earth, the most recent 65 million years ago, when all dinosaur species perished in an astonishingly brief period of time. Each of these great extinctions was unimaginably catastrophic - at least 65 percent of all species living vanished in a geological instant; in the Permian extinction, nearly 95 percent of all species were obliterated. The agency for these extinctions, the why, is hotly debated - sudden climate change, asteroids, evolutionary inadequacy - but the patterns are remarkably consistent.
Now, as Leakey and Lewin show with inarguable logic based on irrefutable scientific evidence, the sixth great extinction is underway. And this time the cause is beyond dispute: By the lowest estimate, thirty thousand species are wiped out by human agency every year - a rate that matches the patterns of the other five great extinctions with frightening exactitude.
As the authors show, such dramatic and overwhelming extinction threatens the entire complex fabric of life on earth, including the species at fault, Homo sapiens. Unless we come to realize the devastating consequence of our rapacious behavior, we will follow the mastodon, the great auk, the carrier pigeon, and our other victims into the oblivion of extinction.

& Taylor

Cites five previous mass extinctions on the planet while explaining that the human race may be the first to trigger its own destruction through irresponsible practices

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385424974
Branch Call Number: 304.2 LEA
Characteristics: 271 p., [4] l. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewin, Roger


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Jul 30, 2014

Yes it was a good book, but so what? Unless there are more concerned citizens, of both intellectual and moral strength, nothing will ever happen. No faux crat will change anything, no warmonger masquerading as a democrat. With the existence of the US Chamber of Commerce's National Chamber Litigation Center, waging econowar on the citizenry, and its sister outfit, the Koch brothers' ALEC, or American Legislative Exchange Council, which has just spawned forth another monster against the citizenry, ACCE, or the American City County Exchange, the only effort which would counteract anything will require much focused violence, and that is just not going to happen in Indoctrinated America.

Jul 07, 2014

This is a must read for all people who care about the planet. And the future/fate of humankind and all other species. Leakey gives us a new perspective on environmental question's and humanity's place in the world, He also gives us a keen sense of urgency in saving habitat, and what it will take to do that.


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