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