Life Forms And Extinction
Our time is becoming an age of planning The future, so Galbraith (1967) argues, is not only contemplated, but shaped so as to leave as little as possible to the mischief of chance. Yet our planning has not yet turned to consideration of a very basic question: How are we to perpetuate our species ad infinitum, how will we replace one generation of individuals by another of equal or superior competence? If we are to address this question, be it with the wishful notion that we are a new dynasty of life about to fill the earth with glorious deeds of our kind, as Robinson (1972 a) suggests, or more humbly, only wishing to contemplate our survival, a brief concern with the life forms of the past is sobering.
KeywordsPermian Europe Mold Cretaceous Jurassic
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