Future Evolution

Future Evolution

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Argues against the theories which predict the extinction of the human species, providing a chilling forecast of the role of mankind in future evolutionary changes.

McMillan Palgrave
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.


Blackwell North Amer
Thousands or millions of years into the future, what will our species be like? Will it change radically? Or will we become builders of the next dominant intelligence on Earth - the machines?
These and many other seemingly fantastic scenarios are the very real possibilities 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 scientists gloomily predict that humanity will eventually create such a situation, Ward argues that one is already well under way - 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 starting conclusion that the likeliest scenario is not our imminent demise but long-term survival - perhaps reaching as far as the death of the Sun.

Publisher: New York : Times Books/Henry Holt, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xv, 190 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780716734963
0716734966
Branch Call Number: 576.8 War

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