The Call of Distant Mammoths: Why the Ice Age Mammals Disappeared / Edition 1

The Call of Distant Mammoths: Why the Ice Age Mammals Disappeared / Edition 1

by Peter D. Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387985727

ISBN-13: 9780387985725

Pub. Date: 10/09/1998

Publisher: Springer New York

To help us understand what happened during the Ice Age, Peter Ward takes us on a tour of other mass extinctions through earth's history. He presents a compelling account of the great comet crash that killed off the dinosaurs, and describes other extinctions that were even more extensive. In so doing, he introduces us to a profound paradigm shift now taking place in

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To help us understand what happened during the Ice Age, Peter Ward takes us on a tour of other mass extinctions through earth's history. He presents a compelling account of the great comet crash that killed off the dinosaurs, and describes other extinctions that were even more extensive. In so doing, he introduces us to a profound paradigm shift now taking place in paleontology: rather than arising from the gradual workings of everyday forces, all mass extinctions are due to unique, catastrophic events. Written with an irresistible combination of passion and expertise, The Call of Distant Mammoths is an engaging exploration of the history of life and the importance of humanity as an evolutionary force.
"Carefully argued...an intelligent and compelling book."-THE OLYMPIAN, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
"Ward deftly summarizes a large body of scientific literature, simplifying complex ideas for the general reader without condescension."-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Did the overkill really happen?...Peter Ward deftly summarizes the arguments...Ward tells (the story) well."-THE NEW SCIENTIST

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387985725
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
10/09/1998
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Elephants' Graveyard
1The Time Machine1
2Heart of Darkness24
3When Worlds Collide48
4The Once and Future Kingdoms68
5Wheel of Fortune88
6The Hunger118
7The Kill Curve166
8The Lost World192
9Nevermore202
10The Smoking Gun215
Afterword: 3001221
References225
Index231

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