Twilight of the Mammoths:: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America / Edition 1 by Paul S. Martin | 9780520252431 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Twilight of the Mammoths:: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America / Edition 1

Twilight of the Mammoths:: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America / Edition 1

by Paul S. Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520252438

ISBN-13: 9780520252431

Pub. Date: 05/08/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

As recently as 11,000 years ago—"near time" to geologists—mammoths, mastodons, gomphotheres, ground sloths, giant armadillos, native camels and horses, the dire wolf, and many other large mammals roamed North America.
In what has become one of science's greatest riddles, these large animals vanished in North and South America around the time humans

Overview

As recently as 11,000 years ago—"near time" to geologists—mammoths, mastodons, gomphotheres, ground sloths, giant armadillos, native camels and horses, the dire wolf, and many other large mammals roamed North America.
In what has become one of science's greatest riddles, these large animals vanished in North and South America around the time humans arrived at the end of the last great ice age. Part paleontological adventure and part memoir, Twilight of the Mammoths presents in detail internationally renowned paleoecologist Paul Martin's widely discussed and debated "overkill" hypothesis to explain these mysterious megafauna extinctions. Taking us from Rampart Cave in the Grand Canyon, where he finds himself "chest deep in sloth dung," to other important fossil sites in Arizona and Chile, Martin's engaging book, written for a wide audience, uncovers our rich evolutionary legacy and shows why he has come to believe that the earliest Americans literally hunted these animals to death.

As he discusses the discoveries that brought him to this hypothesis, Martin relates many colorful stories and gives a rich overview of the field of paleontology as well as his own fascinating career. He explores the ramifications of the overkill hypothesis for similar extinctions worldwide and examines other explanations for the extinctions, including climate change. Martin's visionary thinking about our missing megafauna offers inspiration and a challenge for today's conservation efforts as he speculates on what we might do to remedy this situation—both in our thinking about what is "natural" and in the natural world itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252431
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Series:
Organisms and Environments Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue

1 Discovering the Last Lost World
Radiocarbon Dating and Quaternary Extinctions

2 Overview of Overkill

3 Ground Sloth Dung and Packrat Middens
Giant Meat-Eating Bats?

4 Ground Sloths at Home
Cryptozoology, Ground Sloths, and Mapinguari National Park

5 Grand Canyon Suite: Mountain Goats, Condors, Equids, and Mammoths

6 Deadly Syncopation

7 Digging for the First People in America: High Stakes at Tule Springs

Tricks, Hoaxes, and Bad Science

8 Kill Sites, Sacred Sites

9 Models in Collision: Climatic Change versus Overkill

10 Restoration
Unexpected Ramifications of Ecological Change

11 Resurrection: The Past Is Future

Epilogue
References

Index

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