When the mutineers from HMS Bounty landed on Pitcairn Island, they found no people—just a desolate land marked by the relics of a vanished society. The story of that lost civilization is just now being learned. And it’s far more frightening than any tale of Captain Bligh.
The winners of evolution’s race are those who can leave behind the most offspring to carry on their progenitors’ genes. So doesn’t it seem odd that human females should be hobbled in their prime by menopause?
Experience may tell you that producing milk and nursing youngsters is a job for the female mammal, not the male. But your experience is probably limited, and the potential of biology—and medical technology—is vast.
The nineteenth-century survivors of the infamous Donner Party told cautionary tales of starvation and cannibalism, greed and self-sacrifice. But not until now are we learning why the survivors survived.