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Title The story of life in 10 1/2 species / Marianne Taylor ; [illustration, John Woodcock].
Author Taylor, Marianne, 1972- author.
Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2020.
Copyright date ©2020
Description 256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Call # 578 T
Note Includes index.
First published in 2020 by UniPress Books Ltd.
"If an alien visitor were to collect ten souvenir life forms to represent life on Earth, which would they be?" -- cover
Summary If an alien visitor were to collect ten souvenir life forms to represent life on earth, which would they be? This is the thought-provoking premise of Marianne Taylor's The Story of Life in 10 and a Half Species. Each life forms explains a key aspect about life on Earth. From the sponge that seems to be a plant but is really an animal to the almost extinct soft-shelled turtle deemed extremely unique and therefore extremely precious, these examples reveal how life itself is arranged across time and space, and how humanity increasingly dominates that vision. Taylor, a prolific science writer, considers the chemistry of a green plant and ponders the possibility of life beyond our world; investigates the virus in an attempt to determine what a life form is; and wonders if the human--"a distinct and very dominant species with an inevitably biased view of life"-- could evolve in a new direction. She tells us that the giraffe was one species, but is now four; that the dusky seaside sparrow may be revived through "re-evolution," or cloning; explains the significance of Darwin's finch to evolution; and much more. The "half" species is artificial intelligence. Itself an experiment to understand and model life, AI is central to our future--although from the alien visitor's standpoint, unlikely to inherit the earth in the long run.
Contents Fern -- Virus -- Nautilus -- Stick insect -- Sponge -- Human -- Giraffe -- Dusky seaside sparrow -- Soft-shelled turtle -- Darwin's finches -- Artificial life.
Subject Life -- Origin.
Evolution (Biology)
Natural history.
Species.
Biodiversity.
Biology -- Classification.
Biodiversity. (OCoLC)fst01429860
Biology. (OCoLC)fst00832383
Evolution (Biology) (OCoLC)fst00917302
Life -- Origin. (OCoLC)fst00998169
Natural history. (OCoLC)fst01034268
Species. (OCoLC)fst01129007
Genre Classification. (OCoLC)fst01697073
Informational works. (OCoLC)fst01919930
Informational works.
Addl. Author Woodcock, John, 1953- illustrator.
Alt Title Story of life in ten and a half species
Story of life in 10.5 species
Story of life in ten and one half species
Story of life in ten 1/2 species
Story of life in 10 and a half species
Story of life in 10 and one half species
ISBN 9780262044486 (hardcover)
026204448X (hardcover)

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