Nice thought for a summer day, right?
It's also attempts to explain earlier mass extinctions, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, perhaps the most familiar of all such events taught in schools.
For the record, what we learned in sixth grade science about that extinction is probably dead-ass wrong.
Amazingly, by the time you are done reading New Yorker magazine writer Elizabeth Kolbert's work, it's not so frightening. Species - all life - comes and goes in waves on our planet just as it has for the last, oh, half a billion years. And that ebb and flow likely will continue.
This time around, of course, humans are using ever-clever brains to hurry the extinction process along. But if humans are a natural part of earth (and not dropped here via some intergalactic space shuttle), then what's going on - will go on - is really just natural. Right?
It's a complicated book, but still an easy read for the most part.
And it also has some revelations that are pretty startling. For example, you almost surely have some Neanderthal genes lurking in you. Really.
The Sixth Extinction is well-worth reading and is on the new book shelf at the Watkins Glen Public Library.