Resurrection Science

Resurrection Science

Conservation, De-extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things

Book - 2015
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**A Library Journal Best Book of 2015 **
**A Christian Science Monitor Top Ten Book of September**

In a world dominated by people and rapid climate change, species large and small are increasingly vulnerable to extinction. In Resurrection Science , journalist M. R. O'Connor explores the extreme measures scientists are taking to try and save them, from captive breeding and genetic management to de-extinction. Paradoxically, the more we intervene to save species, the less wild they often become. In stories of sixteenth-century galleon excavations, panther-tracking in Florida swamps, ancient African rainforests, Neanderthal tool-making, and cryogenic DNA banks, O'Connor investigates the philosophical questions of an age in which we "play god" with earth's biodiversity.

Each chapter in this beautifully written book focuses on a unique species--from the charismatic northern white rhinoceros to the infamous passenger pigeon--and the people entwined in the animals' fates. Incorporating natural history and evolutionary biology with conversations with eminent ethicists, O'Connor's narrative goes to the heart of the human enterprise: What should we preserve of wilderness as we hurtle toward a future in which technology is present in nearly every aspect of our lives? How can we co-exist with species when our existence and their survival appear to be pitted against one another?

Publisher: New York City : St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781137279293
Branch Call Number: 591 .68 OCO
Characteristics: 266 p. ;,25 cm

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Oct 18, 2015

If you would like to learn more about this book, check out the advertisement in the October 2015 issue of Scientific American, page 26 (bottom left panel).
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Alternatively, go directly to the publisher`s (St. Martin`s Press) Web site:
RessurectionScience.com

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