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Published:
New York : Picador, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
Format:
Book
Edition:
First Picador edition.
Physical Desc:
319 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250062185, 9781250062185, 9781250062185, 9781250062185, 9781250062185, 9781250062185, 9780805092998, 0805092994, 0805092994, 9780805092998 (hardback), 1250062187, 1250062187

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Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index.
Description
Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around the cataclysm is us. In this book the author tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. She provides a moving account of the disappearances of various species occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up to Lyell and Darwin, and through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Kolbert, E. (2015). The sixth extinction: an unnatural history. First Picador edition. New York: Picador, Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Kolbert, Elizabeth. 2015. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. New York: Picador, Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Kolbert, Elizabeth, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. New York: Picador, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. First Picador edition. New York: Picador, Henry Holt and Company, 2015. Print.

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