Extinct Animals

Extinct Animals

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by Ross Piper, Renata Cunha, Phil Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313349878

ISBN-13: 9780313349874

Pub. Date: 03/20/2009

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Everyone is familiar with the dodo and the wooly mammoth, but how many people have heard of the scimitar cat and the Falkland Island fox? Extinct Animals portrays over 60 remarkable animals that have been lost forever during the relatively recent geological past. Each entry provides a concise discussion of the history of the animal—how and where it

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Everyone is familiar with the dodo and the wooly mammoth, but how many people have heard of the scimitar cat and the Falkland Island fox? Extinct Animals portrays over 60 remarkable animals that have been lost forever during the relatively recent geological past. Each entry provides a concise discussion of the history of the animal—how and where it lived, and how it became extinct—as well as the scientific discovery and analysis of the creature. In addition, this work examines what led to extinction—from the role of cyclical swings in the Earth's climate to the spread of humans and their activities. Many scientists believe that we are in the middle of a mass extinction right now, caused by the human undermining of the earth's complex systems that support life. Understanding what caused the extinction of animals in the past may help us understand and prevent the extinction of species in the future.

Extinct Animals examines the biology and history of some of the most interesting creatures that have ever lived, including: The American Terror Bird, which probably became extinct over 1 million years ago, who were massive predators, some of which were almost 10 feet tall; the Rocky Mountain Locust, last seen in 1902, formed the most immense animal aggregations ever known, with swarms estimated to include over 10 trillion insects; the Giant Ground Sloth, which was as large as an elephant; and the Neandertals, the first Europeans, which co-existed with prehistoric Homo sapiens. Extinct Animals includes illustrations—many created for the work—that help the reader visualize the extinct creature, and each entry concludes with a list of resources for those who wish to do further research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313349874
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/20/2009
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

1. LESS THAN 100 YEARS AGO

GOLDEN TOAD

GASTRIC-BROODING FROG

ESKIMO CURLEW

CARIBBEAN MONK SEAL

THYLACINE

CAROLINA PARAKEET

PASSENGER PIGEON

EXTINCTION INSIGHT 1: THE LOTTERY OF FOSSILIZATION

2. LESS THAN 200 YEARS AGO

ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOCUST

PIG-FOOTED BANDICOOT

QUELILI

STEPHENS ISLAND WREN

TARPAN

QUAGGA

WARRAH

GREAT AUK

EXTINCTION INSIGHT 2: THE GREAT AMERICAN INTERCHANGE

3. LESS THAN 500 YEARS AGO

ELEPHANT BIRDS

STELLERS SEA COW

DODO

AUROCHS

MOA

HAASTS EAGLE

MARCANO'S SOLENODON

EXTINCTION INSIGHT 3: HUMAN DISCOVERY AND EXTINCTION

4. LESS THAN 10000 YEARS AGO

MOA-NALO

DU

HORNED TURTLE

GIANT LEMUR

WOOLY MAMMOTH

SIVATHERE

GIANT DEER

GIANT GROUND SLOTH

CUBAN GIANT OWL

EXTINCTION INSIGHT 4: ENTOMBED IN TAR: THE RANCHO LA BREA ASPHALT DEPOSITS

5. 10000-12500 YEARS AGO

GLYPTODONTS

SABER TOOTH CAT

SCIMITAR CAT

AMERICAN MASTODON

GIANT BEAVER

AMERICAN CHEETAH

AMERICAN LION

WOOLY RHINOCEROS

LITOPTERN

DIRE WOLF

CAVE BEAR

SICILIAN DWARF ELEPHANT

MERRIAMS TERATORN

EXTINCTION INSIGHT 5: ICE AGES

6. MORE THAN 12500 YEARS AGO

GIANT SHORT-FACED BEAR

FLORES HUMAN

GIANT BISON

HOMO ERECTUS

NEANDERTAL

MARSUPIAL LION

DIPROTODON

AUSTRALIAN THUNDER BIRDS

GIANT MONITOR LIZARD

QUINKANA

GIANT SHORT-FACED KANGAROO

GIANT ECHIDNA

WONAMBI

EXTINCTION INSIGHT 6: A HOLE IN THE DESERT: THE NULLARBOR PLAIN CAVES

7. MORE THAN 50000 YEARS AGO

GIANT RHINOCEROS

MEGATOOTH SHARK

MAGNIFICENT TERATORN

POUCH-KNIFE

TERROR BIRDS

GIANT HYENA

GIANT APES

GIANT CAMEL

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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