The table below shows the complete list of mammal species classed as extinct since 1500 AD (the past 500 years). Read the rest of this entry »


The world population explosion is synonymous with a consumer explosion. Each person on the face of the planet consumes natural resources directly, as food (unless they are starving), and indirectly as processed or manufactured products (unless they are destitute). Read the rest of this entry »

Desmond Morris was appointed Curator of Mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. His book, The Human Zoo, was published in 1969. When a reprint edition was issued in 1996, I revisited the book and reflected on how true it is today as it was then. Read the rest of this entry »

Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, and formerly Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He painted a less than rosy picture of the history and future of human societies in three bestselling books: Read the rest of this entry »