Death on Earth

Death on Earth

Adventures in Evolution and Mortality

Book - 2016
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A groundbreaking exploration of death and its role in evolution covers topics ranging from cultural taboos and the role of starvation in survival to the characteristics of animals with the greatest longevity and the latest scientific breakthroughs. By the author of Sex on Earth.

McMillan Palgrave

As you read these words, Planet Earth teems with trillions of life-forms, each going about their own business: eating, reproducing, thriving . . . Yet, the life of almost every single organism draws nearer to certain death. On the other hand, "suicide" inside the mitochondria that live within us results in the death of millions of cells each second for our own good! Why is death such a universal companion to life on Earth? Why haven't animals evolved to break free of its shackles?

In this wide-ranging exploration of death, Jules Howard attempts to shed evolutionary light on one of our biggest and most unshakable taboos. He visits a salon that's trying to abolish our queasiness over talking about death. He also looks to the nematode, one of the most basic of life-forms, for clues about why near-starvation actually can prolong life. Encountering some of the world's oldest animals, and meeting the scientists attempting to unravel their mysteries, Howard also comes face-to-face with evolution's outliers--the animals that may one day avoid death altogether.

Written in an engaging style, Death on Earth's journey ends with the inevitable question: Can we ever become immortal? And if we could, would we really want to?

Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Biology’s 2016 General Biology Book Prize, Death on Earth is a groundbreaking exploration of death and its role in evolution.

Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781472915078
Branch Call Number: 576.8 HOWAR
Characteristics: 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Notes: Includes index


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