Faces of Extinction 3

When mass extinctions occur, as they have five times previously in Earth's history, every member of a given species expires. Not just the old, the infirm, those who have a certain vulnerability. All members of the species die, even the babies. After spotting dozens of limestone skulls of extinct creatures on Lake Michigan's Left Coast,... Continue Reading →

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Faces of Extinction 2

Over its 4.6 billion-year history, Earth has changed many times, in many ways. Homo sapiens, the name we give ourselves, evolved a few million years ago, a tiny point in time when Earth's conditions were just so. A peculiar trait of a certain subgroup of Homo sapiens, aka humans, put itself at the center of... Continue Reading →

Faces of Extinction 1

As children we wondered, "Why don't we see living dinosaurs?" "Because they are extinct," a parent or teacher told us. And we learned that "extinct" is an adjective meaning "of a species, family, or other larger group having no living members." (oxforddictionaries.com) We might further learn such facts as: "Species become extinct for many reasons,... Continue Reading →

Looking Too Hard

Nearly everyone, I suppose, has seen the optically elusive image of the lamp and the women's profiles. At first you see the only the lamp. "Don't look to hard," you are told. Then in an instant, you see the two faces facing each other in profile, creating the contours in the lamp. I've been reminded... Continue Reading →

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