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Over half a billion years, 5 mass extinctions dramatically contracted diversity of life on earth. Now, scientists are monitoring the sixth extinction. Predicted to be the most devastating. This time, the cataclysm is us.
Elizabeth Kolbert draws on researchers who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow tree-lines in the Andes, marine biologists who dive off Great Barrier Reef. Introduces a dozen species – few already gone, others facing imminent extinction like Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, great auk, Sumatran rhino. The Sixth Extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy.