The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man

The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man


“Simultaneously sobering and exhilarating, Michael Tennesen’s wide-ranging survey of mess ups highlights either life’s fragility and its metamorphosing endurance” (Booklist) and describes what lifestyles in the world might appear like after the following mass extinction.

A becoming variety of scientists agree we're headed towards a mass extinction, possibly in as low as three hundred years. Already there were 5 mass extinctions within the final six hundred million years, together with the Cretaceous Extinction, within which an asteroid knocked out the dinosaurs. although those occasions have been at the start damaging, they have been additionally top movers of evolutionary swap in nature. And we will be able to see the various indications of one other extinction occasion coming, as our oceans lose either fish and oxygen, and our lands lose either predators and prey. In The subsequent Species, Michael Tennesen questions what lifestyles will be like after it happens.

In considerate, provocative methods, Tennesen discusses the way forward for nature and no matter if people will make it throughout the bottleneck of extinction. may possibly existence unexpectedly get very titanic because it did sooner than the arriving of people? may the conquest of Mars result in one other kind of human? may we add our minds right into a laptop and reside in a digital truth? How may we realize the subsequent people? Are they with us now?

Tennesen delves into the heritage of the planet and travels to rainforests, canyons, craters, and caves world wide to discover the aptitude winners and losers of the following period of evolution. His predictions, in line with studies and interviews with most sensible scientists, have very important implications for all times in the world this day. The subsequent Species is “an engrossing background of existence, the dismal alterations wrought through guy, and a forecast of existence after the 6th mass extinction” (Kirkus Reviews).

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