Inheritors of the Earth

Inheritors of the Earth

How Nature Is Thriving in An Age of Extinction

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and of course climate change. But in Inheritors of the Earth, biologist Chris D. Thomas shows that this obscures a more hopeful truth--we're also helping nature grow and change. Human cities and mass agriculture have created new places for enterprising animals and plants to live, and our activities have stimulated evolutionary change in virtually every population of living species. Most remarkably, Thomas shows, humans may well have raised the rate at which new species are formed to the highest level in the history of our planet. Drawing on the success stories of diverse species, from the ochre-colored comma butterfly to the New Zealand pukeko, Thomas overturns the accepted story of declining biodiversity on Earth. In so doing, he questions why we resist new forms of life, and why we see ourselves as unnatural. Ultimately, he suggests that if life on Earth can recover from the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, it can survive the onslaughts of a technological age"--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York :, Public Affairs,, [2017]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781610397278
Branch Call Number: 576.84 THO
Characteristics: viii, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Apr 14, 2018

Well written and provocative. The author takes a "don't worry, be happy" approach to the extinction crisis.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at WVML

To Top