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With a span of more than two and half million years, the Pleistocene epoch is a niche that frames many discussions about evolution, extinctions, and human origins. Ending less than 12,000 years ago, this geological period encompasses major Earth-changing events that include radical climate shifts, massive global species migrations, extinctions, and adaptations. This timely narrative by award-winning author Stephen Pyne (Voyager; Year of the Fires; How the Canyon Became Grand) and his daughter Lydia Pyne describes not only this expansive epoch, but also how the concept of the Pleistocene has shaped our thinking about the history of our planet. Authoritative and readable.