On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions. Peter Douglas Ward, Steven Stanley, Foreword.
On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions
On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions
On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions
On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions

On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions

New York: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1992.

First edition. Signed by author on title page. xii, 212 pp. Original crimson cloth. Fine in Fine dust jacket with Seattle bookstore signed label on front panel, peeling slightly. An attractive copy.

A biology work (not a cryptozoology work but relevant to the field) by a Seattle and Adelaide, Australia-based paleontologist, writer, and professor. It examines mass extinctions and the species that persist despite them, so-called "living fossils" like the coelacanth. Ward is the originator of the Medea hypothesis, a cheery counter-Gaia hypothesis that argues multicellular life is, as Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis argues, indeed a superorganism, but that is inherently suicidal, always hovering on the brink of inevitable doom. Item #140939782

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