Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions—times when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out large dinosaurs. And this time, the cataclysm is us.
In our latest podcast, hear from Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the new book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and Michael Novacek, senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, as they discuss the process of extinction—and the role humanity plays in it.
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara with Eleven Heads, c. 1500
Gilt bronze with copper, gold and silver inlay and pigment
17 x 8-1/4 x 3-5/8 in. (43.2 x 21 x 9.2 cm)
The Norton Simon Museum
As the old saying goes, World Book Day: Keep watching X-Files on Netflix, that pile of unread books are your night stand is certainly judging you.
That’s a thing people say, right?
It is indeed a thing people say — and now I’m going to be slightly afraid to go to bed tonight.
Happy World Book Day, indeed!
World Book Day! Hooray!
The mongoose and the meerkat are the hyena’s closest relatives.
What a cutie!
Beautiful insect art.
Ice art photography. Absolutely lovely.