A Hole in The Ark

TITLE: THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE

AUTHOR: EDWARD O. WILSON

PUBLISHER: HARVARD UNIVERSITY; 424 PAGES; $29.95

THE BOTTOM LINE: A leading biologist's warning about ecological disaster is both top-drawer science and high-level art.

The world is coming to an end. Again. Edward O. Wilson, a pioneer of sociobiology and professor of entomology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, lists five earth-shattering events in the past half-billion years. The latest may have been a one-two punch. A meteorite six miles wide struck the Caribbean region 66 million years ago and set off intercontinental volcanic eruptions. The smoke and dust changed the global climate,...

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