About The Book
In this groundbreaking ecological history of Australasia, acclaimed scientist and historian Tim Flannery argues that the Aborigines, Maoris, and other Polynesian peoples were the original “future eaters,” humans who consumed the resources they would need for their own survival–even to the point of exhaustion–with a dramatic impact on the indigenous flora and fauna. Beginning with the Australasian continent’s geological formation billions of years ago, Flannery follows the environment of the islands through the age of dinosaurs to the age of mammals and the arrival of humanity on its shores, to the coming of European colonizers and the advent of the industrial society that would change nature’s balance forever. Penetrating, gripping, and provocative, The Future Eaters is a dramatic narrative history that combines natural history, anthropology, and ecology on an epic scale.
‘science-popularizing at its Antipodean best . . . Australia has found its own Stephen Jay Gould.” –Times Literary Supplement
“Like the present-day incarnation of some early-nineteenth-century explorer-scholar, Tim Flannery refuses to be fenced in. . . . [The Future Eaters] will stir imaginations–and no little controversy.” –Time