Books that inspire us: 'The primate that changed the world' by Alex Richter-Boix

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Libros que nos inspiran: 'El primate que cambió el mundo' de Alex Richter-Boix

Household air pollution, driven largely by indoor stoves, caused 700,000 deaths in Africa, while increased outdoor air pollution claimed 400,000 lives. It is just one of the latest examples of how humans have altered ecosystems..

That's what it's about The primate that changed the world, of Alex Richter-Boix. A text punctuated by findings, curiosities and stories, especially interwoven stories about everyday aspects that, from this new point of view, are no longer so. What the hell: Alex makes the everyday become epic. Rats, pigeons, a piece of gum...


There are two hypotheses to approach the Earth's ecosystem from a holistic point of view. On the one hand we have the Gaia hypothesis, popularized by James Lovelock. In contrast to this kind vision of the biosphere is the so-called Medea Hypothesis, popularized by paleontologist and astrobiologist Peter Ward, from the University of Washington. The two sides of the coin. Alex reveals to us how the human being is a primate that changed the world, but also that the world has not stopped changing.

Not in vain, Álex not only has theoretical training, but also practical, because after obtaining a doctorate in Biology from the University of Barcelona, He has worked chasing frogs in swamps in several countries, lifting rocks in search of newts, counting insects, photographing thousands of tadpoles and diving into the world of population genetics and amphibian microbiomes in order to understand microevolutionary processes and the responsiveness of organisms to fluctuations environmental issues, climate change and emerging diseases.

El primate que cambió el mundo: Nuestra relación con la naturaleza desde las cavernas hasta hoy (geoPlaneta Ciencia)

The primate that changed the world: Our relationship with nature from the caves to today (geoPlaneta Ciencia)

We have been interacting with the environment for thousands of years, altering plant and animal communities, domesticating species and landscapes for our needs, even altering atmospheric and geological cycles. Biodiversity is escaping us without our being barely aware. What becomes extinct, what disappears, is forgotten in less than a generation. This book attempts to combat this great ecological amnesia by looking back to 300,000 years ago, when a new species of primate appeared that would be capable of shaping its environment to unsuspected limits. This capacity defines us as human beings, but it is also responsible for the ecological crisis that our planet is suffering today. We can only face it if we know where we come from.


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