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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

14 minutes
Our greatest legacy may be what we have destroyed.

Archeological and geological records reveal uneventful stretches of history in which species lived in relative peace. But these stretches are punctuated by events — called the Big Five — so cataclysmic that the very ecological makeup of the planet was forever altered. Another big event is now taking place. Unlike the asteroids or glaciations of prehistoric events, the Sixth Extinction is being caused by a completely different source: humankind.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Care about prehistoric events
  • Are curious about your impact on the species around you
  • Want to glimpse the future of ecology on earth
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