The Story of the World in 100 Species

Why don’t humans just cultivate and grow the species that suit them and not bother about everything else? What's the point of biodiversity? Which species have had the greatest impact on life, planet and people over the last 4 billion years?

100 Species

Christopher Lloyd takes a deep history look at some of his 100 Species that have Changed the World, from his book The Story of the World in 100 Species. It’s a fun-packed ride explaining how nature works when there are no humans and then moves on to showing how humans have changed the rules for survival since the dawn of agriculture. He ends with a metaphor for the importance of biodiversity using a railway track, a candle and two plastic champagne glasses. Intrigued? You should be!

Topics covered include:

Infection, symbiosis, predator/prey, co-evolution, parasitism, domestication, food production, biodiversity

Age range:

Ages 12 to adult

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Naomi Warren, 7th March 2016