Sixty-five million years ago the dinosaurs were destroyed in a mass extinction event that could not have been predicted. Out of the devastation, new life developed and the world regained its natural equilibrium - until now. Scientists, employing radically new perspectives on the science of life, are beginning to uncover signs of similar event on the horizon - the end of man. Through the story of the last 65 million years, Michael Boulter reveals extraordinary insights that scientists are only now beginning to understand about the past, the rise and fall of species and the nature of life. "Extinction" is an introduction into the new developments in the science of life as well as a chilling account of the effects that humans have had on the planet. The world will adapt and survive - humanity will not.
Michael Boutler is the Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of East London. He is the head of a team analysing Fossil Record 2 the largest database of information on extinct animals and plants. He has written numerous articles on how we understand evolutionary change. For twenty years he has been Secretary and Editor for the International Organisation of Palaeobiology. He lives with his family in North London.