Caption: Sam Bowring, Credit: MIT
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Sam Bowring 

NOVA Minute: Humans and Mass Extinction

From: NOVA
Series: NOVA Minute
Length: 01:29

Sam Bowring studies mass extinctions in the Earth's past. He says humans might not be around much longer... geologically speaking. Read the full description.

Sambowring_mit_small Sam Bowring studies mass extinctions in the Earth's past. He says humans might not be around much longer... geologically speaking.

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