Name: Death On Earth Adventures In Evolution And Mortality By Jules Howard
Size: 7.06 MB
Title: Death on Earth
Author: Jules Howard
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total pages: 254
Natural selection depends on death; little would evolve without it. Every animal on Earth is shaped by its presence and fashioned by its spectre. We are all survivors of starvation, drought, volcanic eruptions, meteorites, plagues, parasites, predators, freak weather events, tussles and scraps, and our bodies are shaped (and scarred) by them. And then there is ageing. All animals tell a story of death through the way in which they age. There are animals that live for just a few hours as adults, those that prefer to kill themselves than live unnecessarily longer than is needed, and then there are animals that live centuries. There are parasites that drive their hosts to die awful deaths and parasites that manipulate their hosts to live longer, healthier lives. There is death in life.
Amongst all of this, there is us, the upright ape; perhaps the first animal in the history of the universe fully conscious that death really is going to happen to us in the…