Lawrence L. Lapin
Nature eventually brings forth species to fill every conceivable niche, though we may be slow to recognize the intricacies involved. People are still discovering heretofore unknown lifeforms. Maybe we have such an incredible richness of life that it is hard for us to see everything.
A trip to the Galapagos Islands might provide enlightenment regarding ecological niches. It was there that Charles Darwin really began putting together his evolutionary theories.
The Galapagos rose from the sea more recently than the Hawaiian chain, and by comparison they are very sparse. Yet I found quite startling the adaptations to island niches by accidentally arriving plants and animals. There are cacti with bark, similar to that of pines, daisies that grow into tall, woody trees, and giant tortoises—different varieties on several unconnected islands. In geological time, those species were created in an instant. But in human terms, they all evolved agonizingly slowly. Though its islands straddle the Equator, the Galapagos are mainly desert-like. I would expect those islands to eventually resemble the Hawaiian paradise. Maybe that would take about five million years.
Switching gears, let’s consider Earth undergoing life restorations after being hit by a giant meteor. From a human perspective, the recovering planet would be more like the Galapagos and less like Hawaii. Surviving humans could only save a tiny fraction of species from before, and a small fraction of previous life forms might regenerate without help.
Restorers would likely be disappointed in the results. They might be tempted to speed things up and to fill obvious niches with life they create themselves.
This is a major theme in Adam’s Tiger, in which people sometimes supplant Nature in creating new life.
Book III of Adam’s Chronicles moves 500 years into the future. Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to bring back animals and plants—and mankind itself—is nearing its conclusion.
Humans make a small footprint in this renewed world, though ecological disaster is expected from explosive population growth. Changes are in the works, troubles are brewing, and Adam Boatwright worries about the future.
The long-lived geneticist vows to discourage mankind from again ruining the planet. He also takes on a new goal: to make life more robust while improving the platform for future evolution. In doing so, he would bring back animals driven to extinction by early humans, starting with woolly mammoths.
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