Science: The Once and Future Zoo

Rabbucks, pamthrets and other forms of life after man

Should man follow the dodo and the passenger pigeon into extinction, who will inherit the earth? Faced with that gloomy question, most futurists and even some zoologists tend toward the whimsical: late-late-show killer ants, say, or playful monsters that put one in mind of Lewis Carroll's frumious Bandersnatch.

Not so British Science Writer Dougal Dixon. A student of both geology and paleontology, Dixon has taken a careful look at the question and come up with more serious predictions, based on genetics and the course of...

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