The Biodiversity Crisis (Paperback)

Losing What Counts (American Museum of Natural History)

By Michael J. Novacek (Editor), American Museum of Natural History (Compiled by)

New Press, 9781565845701, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2001

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The Biodiversity Crisis offers general audiences a clear understanding of the current threat to life on Earth posed by the fastest mass extinction in Earth's history, which has taken place over the last five hundred years. Unlike prior extinctions, this one is clearly a direct result of human activity, not of natural phenomena. Yet the public remains unaware of the crisis in sustaining biodiversity--the variety and interdependence of all living things on Earth.

Published in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History, whose major Hall of Biodiversity opened to great acclaim, the book defines biodiversity, demonstrates its importance to life as we know it, and presents strategies and solutions, including what we can do in our own homes and communities, for stopping the escalating rate of species' extinction. It combines essays by experts including E. O. Wilson, Niles Eldredge, and Peter Raven; profiles of naturalists such as Jane Goodall; and case studies.

Engaging and accessible, The Biodiversity Crisis presents the best scientific thinking in language and images that we can all understand, and is illustrated with photographs and drawings and supplemented with a resource section and a glossary of key terms.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Novacek is senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History. He is also the curator of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, and is a specialist on fossil mammals.