Resilience: A Survivor's Guide to Adversity
Janina Ramirez and guests discuss resilience during mass extinctions of the distant past, in China’s recent history and when faced with upcoming climate change.
These days everyone from schoolchildren to business owners is being told to become more resilient, but what does resilience mean in geological time? How and why do some organisms survive mass extinctions? And, on a shorter time-scale, how do people cope with the demands of dictators? Janina Ramirez and her guests discuss how to survive adversity across time and space.
(Photo: Caiman crocodiles in San Marcos, Sucre in Colombia. Credit: Getty Images)
Writer and broadcaster Richard Fortey is former senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London and authority on ‘messengers from deep geological time’: organisms such as horseshoe crabs and crocodiles that have survived almost unchanged across vast reaches of time. His books include Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution, Fossils - A Key to the Past and The Wood for the Trees: The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood.