Earth Before Man: Utopia or Nightmare?

  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff
  • C Bangs


There can be no question that today, one species, Homo sapiens, bestrides the world. In some circles, it is fashionable to lament this situation. Has a Golden Age been lost; has Eden been transformed into an omnipresent global civilization of commerce, popular culture, consumerism, and accumulation? Perhaps, according to some, Earth’s prime is past and the proper role of humanity is to hasten the degradation of this planet’s natural environment.


Natural Environment Nature Conservation European Space Agency Popular Culture Aerospace Technology 
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Further Reading

  1. For a very readable survey of life’s origin and development on our planet, see John Reader, The Rise of Life (New York: Knopf, 1986). The devastating impact that ended the reign of the dinosaurs is discussed by Carl Sagan in Pale Blue Dot (New York: Random House, 1994).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MadisonUSA
  2. 2.BrooklynUSA

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