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In humanity's more than 100,000 year history, we have evolved from vulnerable creatures wresting sustenance from Earth to a sophisticated global society manipulating every inch of it. In short, we have become the dominant animal. But there's a flip side of this triumphant story of innovation and conquest. As we clear forests to raise crops and build cities, lace the continents with highways, and create chemicals never before seen in nature, we may be undermining our own supremacy.Renowned Stanford scientists Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich believe that intelligently addressing today's great environmental and social challenges requires a clear understanding of how we evolved and how we're changing the planet. "The Dominant Animal" offers readers that knowledge, tracing the interplay between environmental change and genetic and cultural evolution since the dawn of humanity. Tackling the fundamental challenge of the human predicament, Paul and Anne Ehrlich offer a vivid and unique exploration of our origins, our evolution, and our future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781597260961
ISBN-10: 1597260967
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 472
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul R. Ehrlich

Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. He is the author of Human Natures, The Population Bomb, and many other books. Anne H. Ehrlich is affiliated with Stanford's Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Conservation Biology, and has coauthored more than ten books with her husband, including One with Nineveh.

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