Only a few people in the world would recognize them as the traces of impossibly old life that they are, and Roger Summons is one of them. It has lose structure and less of a thesis than a message of hope in the face of calamity, written in an immature, less-than-serious tone. Such skills, however, may be practical only if fish remain in our oceans and monkeys in the trees. About 95 percent of species were wiped out, turning the oceans into a bacterial sludge that scientists have nicknamed Slime World. We may be looking at losing a great deal of other crops, as well, and other animals that depend on those crops. . For someone like me, I found the concepts fascinating and Newitz does a great job writing it for someone like me who is fascinated by the concepts, but completely turned off by statistics.
Possibly, at three feet long, Lystrosaurus was just slightly too large to be appealing as a meal. Say what you're going to say. I visited Kirschvink at the California Institute of Technology to find out what happened next. Newitz begins with a review of the history of mass extinctions on Earth -- from the Proterozoic microbes of 2. An Australian with a dry sense of humor, Summons has an office you can only reach by walking through his lab, a big, airy room full of tanks of hydrogen and bulky mass spectrometers that look like old-school Xerox machines covered in tubes.
Instead, they survived the early Triassic by adapting their behaviors to new environments, and living absolutely anywhere they could. Study of o In its 4. What can we do now to prevent that mass extinction from happening? In this guest essay, Annalee pays tribute to the mascot of survival. I liked the way it builds from the prehistoric past to current time and the way she covers all kinds of approaches to the future. Topics range from mass extinctions of the past, to the present anthropogenic man-made mass extinction, to the future of humanity on other worlds.
Newitz is a great writer: lively and informative. Because a lot of what the author does in the book is to interview scientists, she captures their individual voices and their enthusiasm for their projects. She lives in San Francisco. As long as we keep exploring, humanity is going to survive. This really could have been a three book trilogy: 1 How mass exticntions have gone down in the past: 2 Ways organisms have survived them 3 space elevators will solve everything. Life on Earth has come close to annihilation'humans have, more than once, narrowly avoided extinction just during the last million years but every single time a few creatures survived, evolving to adapt to the harshest of conditions. Life on Earth has come close to annihilation—humans have, more than once, narrowly avoided extinction just during the last million years—but every single time a few creatures survived, evolving to adapt to the harshest of conditions.
The strength is in putting these facts out there in a way that makes sense; the weakness is in backing those facts up with facts and figures that can't help but be a little dry. Till now there have been five mass extinction events throughout Earth's history. If the server does not provide a quick download, then we remove it from the list. Throughout its life, the planet has vacillated between greenhouses and icehouses as part of a geological process called the carbon cycle. I totally enjoyed this book on so many levels. Covers a wide range of topics. How can we, you know, think now about the technologies we'd need eventually to do that? It's a big ambitious subject.
The African bottleneck ; Meeting the Neanderthals ; Great plagues ; The hungry generations -- Lessons from survivors. So how do we make our cities robust against disaster is a really big question, and there's immediate things that we can do: for example, something as simple as having better disaster planning for cities, having people in cities understand the kinds of disasters they might be subject to, like tornadoes or floods or mudslides. So how can an entire world full of life go extinct without it being a mass extinction? Lystrosaurus fossils provided some of the most persuasive pieces of evidence for plate tectonics in the late 1960s, because their skeletons were found in diverse regions of the world, including Africa, China and Antarctica. Alternately troubling and inspiring, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember is ultimately an intrinsically hopeful proposition from a brilliant young visionary. These microbes, called cyanobacteria or blue-green algae , knit themselves into wrinkled mats of vegetation. You won't find any government cabals or secret organizations working towards the end times in this book.
And yet every single time, living creatures carried on, adapting to survive under the harshest conditions. While everyone else stridently shouts about the end of days, this book asks and answers a simple question: 'If it's so bad, then why are we still alive? It's not a hard academic script, rather a consecutive chain of essays on Earth roughly 4. It speciated — evolving into at least three new species, possibly more — and adapted to the southern part of Pangaea, called Gondwana. On the other hand, as a book that should offer a wide range of scenarios and solutions, it left me wanting. Visit our website and pages at for further information. To round it all up, Newitz looks at the million-year plan, which involves terraforming a la Star Trek 2 but on our own planet, asteriod-crushing situations a la Deep Impact and beyond, and replacing our wimpy body parts a la RoboCop. Excerpted from the hardcover edition.
I enjoyed it, and I really think Newitz does a great job writing it for non-hardcore science people like myself. I had fun reading this book and you will too. This book might have been better with out one. This book is about what we need to do to survive next one. As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads.
Newitz's style is entertaining while still remaining informative, presenting years of her own thorough research and the hard work of many, many scientists and philosophers while never becoming dull or dry. We already possess the means to survive this technological adolescence of ours. Should we just give up and accept our doom? I had fun reading this book and you will too. But in Scatter, Adapt, and Remember, Annalee Newitz, science journalist and editor of the science Web site io9. So we've got someone on Mars. I was given a review copy of this book by Netgalley and Doubleday Books in exchange for an honest review.
I can't say that I was convinced that technology has the answers, but even knowing about these debates expands my horizons. Basically, the book says it wants to look at mass extinctions, are we in one, and what we can do to survive. Another way Lystrosaurus survived was simply by walking. The planet we know today was taking shape. It certainly caused me to consider whether there may well be profound local biases in what we take for logical arguments.