As Kolbert points out, though it seems a rather commonplace idea today the notion that a species can go extinct is a relatively modern discovery. Science has determined that until the present there have been five mass extinctions each having dramatically altered life on our planet. Examining a dozen species from a variety of ecosystems around the planet, Kolbert explains how we may be currently at the beginning stages of another, this one likely caused by the activities of the human species.
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 11th, 2014