Eremozoic Era

This phrase was found in EO Wilson's new book, The Creation. This is the most important word or phrase that I've taught you so far. If you have not read this book yet, I think you should. I also plan to review it after I get out of the hospital, when my computer access is not divided up between 25 people, and when I am using my computer instead of the hospital's crappy Dell computer that crashes without warning.

Eremozoic Era (ehre mo ZO ik) [Origin: EO Wilson, 2006]

noun.

  1. the age of loneliness.
  2. the upcoming biological age after the sixth great extinction, when earth will be depauperate of nearly all life due to human activities.

Usage: The human hammer having fallen, the sixth mass extinction has begun. This spasm of permanent loss is expected, if it is not abated, to reach the end-of-Mesozoic level by the end of the century. We will then enter what poets and scientists alike may choose to call the Eremozoic Era -- The Age of Loneliness."

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By David Harmon (not verified) on 11 Nov 2006 #permalink

eremoÃ, ancient Greek, English transliteration - eremos: solitary, lonely, desolate, uninhabited
1.used of places
1.a desert, wilderness
2.deserted places, lonely regions
3.an uncultivated region fit for pasturage
2.used of persons
1.deserted by others
2.deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially of friends, acquaintances, kindred
3.bereft 1b
3.of a flock deserted by the shepherd
4.of a woman neglected by her husband, from whom the husband withholds himself

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

Sorry to bump this thread, but I think it should be said that the origin of the term "Eremozoic Era" was not EO WIlson, as I have a 2003 copy of the 2002 book Straw Dogs by John Gray, which not only makes use of it (page 8), but also references it in a way to suggest it's prior use. Yea this is quite petty, but you're the second google result so the truth should be known.
Regards,
Sam

By Sam Matthews (not verified) on 27 Dec 2009 #permalink

@sam, Gray explicitly references Wilson when he uses it.