By Harry Turtledove
What if background had taken a special direction, made a detour, and deviated a bit bit from the line it selected? the following, Harry Turtledove explores such "what ifs" in twenty alternate-history tales starting from precedent days to the a ways, far-different future.
Persia has conquered Greece; Athens is in ruins. but even lower than Persia's rule, the facility of the folk can by no means be thoroughly damaged. . .
A werewolf boy tears via Cologne's medieval stretts looking for sanctuary from the offended mob. yet who will look after a creature so hated and feared?
A pupil from the far away destiny units off on a box journey to review Genghis Khan -- and unearths him within the 20th century?
And many more!
"He's one of many best explorers of trade histories ever." -- Locus
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This belief has led to objections when other taxonomic units, such as varieties of plants or breeds of animals, are described as going extinct. The broader view of evolution developed in this chapter points a way out of this confusion. Populations stand at the center of evolution. In some cases, we aggregate populations into entities we call varieties and species. The extinction of a variety or species happens when all its populations disappear, that is, go extinct. Extinction, like evolution, is a population process.
The report blamed overﬁshing and damage to breeding grounds. 17 Evolutionary history can revise this interpretation by demonstrating the effect of humans on ﬁsh evolution as well as ecology. ” Hatchery ﬁsh clumped together, carried less genetic variation, and were smaller than wild ﬁsh. These factors combined to increase mortality. Fishways in dams reinforced these trends. 18 Taylor’s study emphasizes the impact of human beings on ﬁsh populations in streams and rivers. We can push his analysis further by drawing on ﬁshery biologists to show that anthropogenic selection at sea also reduced catches.
By catching oceangoing salmon, however, ﬁshers altered the odds. Ocean nets selected against ﬁsh that went to sea and grew large. Now jack and parr had as much chance at reproducing as the traditionalists who Hunting and Fishing 27 ventured out to sea, although they produced fewer and smaller offspring than did large ﬁsh. 20 This revision of the received view becomes more persuasive when we ﬁnd similar patterns elsewhere. Whiteﬁsh in North American freshwater lakes once supported commercial ﬁshing.