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Future Evolution: An Illuminated History of Life to Come
     

Future Evolution: An Illuminated History of Life to Come

by Peter Ward, Alexis Rockman (Illustrator), Peter D. Ward
 

Everyone wonders what tomorrow holds, but what will the real future look like? Not decades or even hundreds of years from now, but thousands or millions of years into the future. Will our species change radically? Or will we become builders of the next dominant intelligence on Earth- the machine?

These and other seemingly fantastic scenarios are the very possible

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Everyone wonders what tomorrow holds, but what will the real future look like? Not decades or even hundreds of years from now, but thousands or millions of years into the future. Will our species change radically? Or will we become builders of the next dominant intelligence on Earth- the machine?

These and other seemingly fantastic scenarios are the very possible realities explored in Peter Ward's Future Evolution, a penetrating look at what might come next in the history of the planet. Looking to the past for clues about the future, Ward describes how the main catalyst for evolutionary change has historically been mass extinction. While many scientist direly predict that humanity will eventually create such a situation, Ward argues that one is already well underway—the extinction of large mammals—and that a new Age of Humanity is coming that will radically revise the diversity of life on Earth. Finally, Ward examines the question of human extinction and reaches the startling conclusion that the likeliest scenario is not our imminent demise but long term survival—perhaps reaching as far as the death of the Sun!

Full of Alexis Rockman's breathtaking color images of what animals, plants and other organisms might look like thousands and millions of years from now, Future Evolution takes readers on an incredible journey through time from the deep past into the far future.

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Will humans go extinct and thereby let evolution resume its "natural" course? NASA scientist Peter Ward thinks not. Profusely illustrated with paintings by Alexis Rockman, this book portrays an evolutionary course inexorably shaped by humanity. Ward envisions humans continuing into the distant future and becoming the main force in evolutionary change for all life forms on this planet -- whether through directly tinkering with genetic engineering or providing abundant niche environments for our successful co-species, such as rats.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780716734963
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/06/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Ward is professor of geological sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the co-author of Rare Earth and the author of Rivers in Time, The End of Evolution, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and On Methuselah's Trail which won the Paleontological Society's Golden Trilobite Award for best popular science book of 1992.

Alexis Rockman is an artist living in New York City whose works have appeared in Natural History, The Sciences and The New York Times.

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