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Wolfgang Grulke – talk and book signing

Respected author and naturalist Wolfgang Grulke hosts a talk at Portsmouth Museum.

Respected author and naturalist Wolfgang Grulke hosts a talk at Portsmouth Museum, where he will also be signing copies of his latest book, Beyond Extinction.

Sir David Attenborough called Grulke’s latest work “refreshing – upbeat instead of doom-laden.” The book offers fresh perspectives from deep time, covering climate change and evolution to celebrate the amazing continuity of life.

Grulke calls the ocean “the womb of all life on earth”, noting how it’s both beautiful and bizarre, violent and mysterious. Furthermore, through fossils we’re able to look back through the ancient history of spectacular marine life. This tells of stories that read more like fantasy – a dystopian world where dragons are real and monsters are commonplace.

It’s also the longest story ever told, with tales of evolution, extinction, and surprising continuity.

However, despite surviving and thriving for 500 million years, the marine kingdom is today challenged by a new, arrogant and domineering life form. Can is survive – and if so, how?

Grulke looks beyond the media focus on climate change and extinction to consider the continuity of ocean life.

He says: “I’ll take you on a personal journey to explore origins and destinies, from primordial soup to today’s threatened oceans – towards a future we can influence. We always have a choice.”

The talk and signing session runs from 6pm-8pm.

Advance booking is required, call 023 9283 4744.

Tickets – £5. Copies of Grulke’s book will be on sale during the event, with £18 discount off the RRP – taking it from £48 to £30.

  • 28, Feb 2020
  • Portsmouth-Museum
  • £5. Copies of Grulke’s book will be on sale during the event, with £18 discount off the RRP – taking it from £48 to £30.

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