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Terra

Our 100-Million-Year-Old Ecosystem--and the Threats That Now Put It at Risk

Michael Novacek

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Terra is one of the important books of our time—and it will change the way you think about the world.” —Neil Shubin, Provost, Field Museum of Natural History

The natural world as humans have always known it evolved close to 100 million years ago with the appearance of flowering plants and pollinating insects during the age of the dinosaurs. Its tremendous history is now in danger of profound, catastrophic disruption. In this brilliant synthesis of evolutionary biology, paleontology, and modern environmental science, Michael Novacek shows how we can understand and prevent what he and others call today’s “mass extinction event.”

 

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TERRA
Part OneTHE WAY OF THE WORLDThere are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. 
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet1A CREATURE IN THE FORESTThe most precious things in the world may be the things we never see. Perhaps at this very moment in a rain-doused stand of pristine forest in the Truong Son Mountains in central Vietnam, one of the last and least explored wildernesses on Earth, a creature with long, slightly recurved horns is emerging from an undergrowth of bamboo, palms, and saplings in the shadow under the forest canopy. A fleeting sunburst
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  • Michael Novacek

  • Michael Novacek, Senior Vice President and Provost of Science at the American Museum of Natural History, is the author of Time Traveler (FSG, 2002) and Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs (1996). He lives in New York City.

  • Michael Novacek Copyright Dennis Finnin
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Terra

Our 100-Million-Year-Old Ecosystem--and the Threats That Now Put It at Risk

Michael Novacek

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