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Published:November 14th, 2006 13:09 EST
Judyth Piazza chats wtih Peter D. Ward, Author of Out of the Thin Air

Judyth Piazza chats wtih Peter D. Ward, Author of Out of the Thin Air

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Peter D. Ward is a paleontologist and professor of Biology and of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington.

Ward is co-author, along with Donald Brownlee, of the best-selling Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe, published in 2000.

In the work the authors suggest that the universe is fundamentally hostile to advanced life, and that while simple life might be abundant the likelihood of widespread lifeforms as advanced as those on Earth is marginal.

Ward also specializes in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction and mass extinctions generally. Along with Rare Earth, he has published eight books on biodiversity and the fossil record. Ward also serves as an adjunct professor of zoology and astronomy.