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The Diversity of Life


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Edward O. Wilson is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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Edward O. Wilson is the Pellegrino University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University. He is the author of SOCIOBIOLOGY, the two Pulitzer Prize-winning works ON HUMAN NATURE and THE ANTS, and the bestselling CONSILIENCE.


"Not since Darwin has an author so lifted the science of ecology with insight and delightful imagery" - Richard Dawkins"

"Not since Darwin has an author so lifted the science of ecology with insight and delightful imagery" - Richard Dawkins"

Harvard entomologist Wilson has written a clear, detailed, and fascinating but disturbing critical survey of global biodiversity. He examines organic history in terms of reproductive isolation, nucleotide variation (microevolution) and adaptive radiation (macroevolution). Wilson focuses on the abundance of life forms within tropical rain forests, especially pointing out that both vanishing species and their threatened natural habitats (hot spots) must be saved if we are to maintain the earth's rich and needed genetic reservoir. Identifying five natural events that have disrupted evolution and global diversity (e.g., climatic changes, meteorite strikes), Wilson maintains that the present sixth great extinction is being caused by human neglect and ignorance. This important book is highly recommended for all biologists, environmentalists, and academic libraries.-- H. James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.

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