By (author) Niles Eldredge
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Dominion by Niles Eldredge
Book DescriptionOverpopulation, depletion of natural resources, hunting of nonhuman species to extinction: paleontologist Niles Eldredge questions the long term survival of humans, given our propensity for living beyond our ecological means. In Dominion he reviews the relation between biological and cultural evolution, showing how the agricultural revolution freed humans from dependence on local ecosystems and allowed us to assert our dominion, as the Christian Bible has it, over the beasts of the field. Unless we quickly change our homocentric ways, we'll irretrievably destroy our own habitat.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520208452
(210mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 29-May-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Niles Eldredge
Extinction and Evolution, Hardback (November 2014)
An illustrated account of the work and discoveries of Niles Etheridge, one of the world's most renowned paleontologists whose research overturned Darwin's theory of gradual evolution.
Concrete Jungle, Hardback (September 2014)» View all books by Niles Eldredge
If they are to survive, cities need healthy chunks of the world's ecosystems to persist; yet cities, like parasites, grow and prosper by local destruction of these very ecosystems. This book helps you explore both the positive and the negative sides of the relationship between cities, the environment, and the future of global biodiversity.
US Kirkus Review » The latest on human evolution from our man at New York City's American Museum of Natural History (Dept. of Invertebrates), who views the future with alarm. We have absorbed the Genesis myth, Eldredge (Reinventing Darwin, p. 356, etc.) declares, accepting our God-given role as having "dominion. . . over every creeping thing." Thus, we stand above and apart from nature, which we continue to exploit. The rise of agriculture and cultural traditions allowed us to transcend local ecosystems so that we stand today 5.7 billion strong and growing, a global species in danger of planetary and self-destruction. Not good. Not new, either. Eldredge, as impassioned and articulate as he is, echoes much of what the Ehrlichs, E.O. Wilson, and other biologist-conservationists are saying. Elsewhere there are new wrinkles, and Eldredge is good at reprising the out-of-Africa evolutionary story, emphasizing major weather changes as pivotal goads to evolution. One occurred 2.7 to 2.5 million years ago as East African wetlands changed to dry savannah. That created niches for specialized vegetarian protohuman species and other more generalized, bigger-brained species - both descendants of Australopithecus africanus. According to the Eldredge scenario, a second cold pulse around 1.6 million years ago led to a more advanced hominid, Homo ergaster ("work man"), which Eldredge believes was ancestor to the more familiar Homo erectus species, which eventually led to us. In short, Eldredge argues that material culture builds with each successive species and with the ice ages begins to move at a pace that decouples biological from cultural evolution. We can no longer count on natural selection to do its thing because we are no longer living in small, geographically isolated groups. Ergo, we need to forego dominion and embrace sustainable growth, respect all flora and fauna, and practice population control, most likely to come about with the education and empowerment of women. Makes sense, but is anyone outside the members of the choir listening? (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Niles Eldredge
Niles Eldredge is a curator in the Department of Invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Among his books is Reinventing Darwin: The Great Debate at the High Table of Evolutionary Theory (1995).
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