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The paradox at the heart of Ian Morris’s book is that warfare ‘has made humanity safer and richer’. Wars were hellish, but the victors created larger, more secure societies
The Bolon people of northwest Burkina Faso aren’t alone in practising rituals involving the wearing of masks, but for photographer Michel de Combes – whose involvement with the Bolon began as a trader in African curios – their traditions exert a particular fascination
Hoverflies have never been so interesting. Fredrik Sjöberg, an entomologist by trade, lives on an island in an archipelago east of Stockholm
Given that sheep grazing is responsible for shaping the character of much of the landscape in the British Isles, it’s surprising how few Britons know anything about the pastoral way of life 
For a naturalist, there can be no more enticing prospect than the idea that ‘we could be the last generation to live in a world where [truly isolated] places exist’
Funnily enough, many of the gorgeous sea-charts and maritime maps we gaze upon in museums and libraries never came close to a ship. Sailors took rougher, cheaper versions with them on their adventures and the posher cloth stayed at home
The subtitle of The New Extractivism asks if the phenomenon referenced in the title is a post-neoliberal development model or a 21st-century form of imperialism. The editors and contributors of the articles that the book contains are in little doubt
Most scientists agree there have been five mass extinction events during the planet’s history. Three of these usually grab most of the scholarly headlines

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