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Prehistoric America: A Journey through the Ice Age and Beyond Hardcover – February 8, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (February 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300098197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300098198
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Miles Barton is the series producer of the Discovery Channel series Prehistoric America, which was originally televised by the BBC. Ian Gray and Stephen Dunleavy are producers of the series, and Nigel Bean and Adam White are assistant producers.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jerald R Lovell on January 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book joins "Ice Age Mammals of North America" as one of the exceptionally fine recent texts about the vanished large animals living on the North American continent during the Ice Age. Many of these marvelous creatures vanished less than 10,000 years ago, a heartbeat in geological time. You will be particularly struck by the superb, in-full-color computer graphics and photography in the book. The two arts are combined to give astonishing looks at what these animals looked like in their native habitats. If the book contained little more, it would be worth it on this basis alone. But there is much more to recommend the book
After a good introduction, this book examines life during the recent glaciation, and into today, by region. Six regions are encompassed. The first is never-glaciated Beringia, consisting of Alaska and the Bering Sea land bridge. Then, in turn, come the northwestern United States coast, the Great Plains, the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin, Florida, and the Eastern forest. The differences, and similairties, between the Ice Age climates and fauna are carefully explored for each area. Certain key animals in each region are analyzed by in-chapter profiles.
These descriptions are completely up-to-date, and are accompanied by the excellent graphics previously discussed. Animals reviewed in this manner include two varieties of mammoth, the mastodon, the saber-toothed and scimitar cats, the giant. armadillo-like glyptodont, the giant short-faced bear, which was bigger than a Kodiak bear, and several varieties of ground sloth.
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By Ernest M Martin 111 on December 18, 2014
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Very interesting book for the American history student
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Good read
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Huntington on January 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was a waste of money and will be donated to the Goodwill soon. The book is unorganized, jumps all over the place, repeats its self too much, spends way too much time on how things look today, is written in a way that is uninteresting and confusing and the computer graphics are horrible! When I say horrible I mean they are an embarrassment to the publisher. It's sad when the old Prehistoric books from the 60's and 70's put the new stuff to shame. What ever happened books illustrated with real paint rather than is computer looking plastic crap laid down upon present day scenery rather than how things actually looked 10,000 years ago?
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