A newfound respect for the microbial world
By Eva Emerson, 17:02 PM December 23, 2013
Many years ago, I heard the scientist and writer Stephen Jay Gould speak eloquently and convincingly about bacterial dominance. Despite what many people think about humans’ place in the scheme of things, he said, we live in a world of microbes. “The most outstanding feature of life’s history is that through 3.5 billion years this has remained, really, a bacterial planet,” he said in a 1997 interview with Mother Jones. “Most creatures are what they’ve always been: They’re bacteria and they rul...
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