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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
In his runaway bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond brilliantly examined the circumstances that allowed Western civilizations to dominate much of the world. Now he probes the other sideExpand
Evolution, consequences and future of plant and animal domestication
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Domestication interests us as the most momentous change in Holocene human history, as farmers spread at the expense of hunter–gatherers and of other farmers. Expand
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modernExpand
THE ISLAND DILEMMA: LESSONS OF MODERN BIOGEOGRAPHIC STUDIES FOR THE DESIGN OF NATURAL RESERVES
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The main conclusions are as follows: the number of species that a reserve can hold at equilibrium is a function of its area and its isolation, and larger reserves, and reserves located close to other reserves, can hold more species. Expand
Origins of major human infectious diseases
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An initiative to resolve disputed origins of major diseases, and a global early warning system to monitor pathogens infecting individuals exposed to wild animals are proposed. Expand
China's environment in a globalizing world
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In a Feature this week, Jianguo Liu and Jared Diamond look at the effects of China's sweeping environmental change and socio-economic challenges, synthesizing detailed literature that is scattered even for Chinese readers and largely inaccessible to western readers. Expand
Farmers and Their Languages: The First Expansions
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This work discusses the main complications and specific examples involving 15 language families involved in the geographically uneven rise of food production around the world and their resulting shifts of populations and languages. Expand
A sense of place
On the Risk of Extinction
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It is confirmed the theoretical prediction that the relative susceptibility to extinction of large- and small-bodied species reverses with increasing population size, and it is shown that the risk of extinction does increase with the CV. Expand
Guns, Germs, and Steel
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