Extinction occurs when every single member of a species dies, and is unfortunately on the rise. We are currently experiencing an ongoing sixth age of extinction with extinction rates greater than the dinosaur extinction event (K-T extinction). Sometimes referred to as the holocene or anthropocene extinction, this current event is closely linked to human activity. In particular, climate change and habitat loss. Although the future looks grim, life finds a way.
Shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, Ed Yong’s book I Contain Multitudes explores how important the microbiome is to our survival – here’s an extract from the introduction.