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 draws on the work of researchers, geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the stories of a dozen species, including the Panamian golden frog and the Sumatran rhino, some already gone, others at the point of vanishing. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankinds most lasting legacy and compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
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Elizabeth Kolbert was a New York Times reporter for fourteen years until she became a staff writer at the New Yorker in 1999. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: A Frontline Report on Climate Change. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and children. @ElizKolbert
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 - some already gone, others at the point of vanishing. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy and urgently compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
A major book about the future of the world, blending natural history, field reporting and the history of ideas and into a powerful account of the mass extinction happening today