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Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America (Organisms and Environments Book 8) by [Paul S. Martin, Harry W. Greene]
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"Paul S. Martin's innovative ideas on late quaternary extinctions and wildlife restoration have fueled one of science's most stimulating recent debates. He expounds them vividly here, and defends them eloquently. A must-read."―David Rains Wallace, author of Beasts of Eden

"This is a marvelous read, by a giant in American prehistory, about one of the greatest mysteries in the earth sciences."―Tim Flannery, author of The Eternal Frontier

"Whether or not you agree with Paul Martin, he has shaped how we think about our Pleistocene ancestors and their role in transforming this planet."―Ross D. E. MacPhee, Curator of Mammalogy, American Museum of Natural History
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Paleontologist Martin delivers an energetic and highly entertaining look at one of the most controversial issues in his field of geoscience: overkill, the argument that "virtually all extinctions of wild animals in the last 50,000 years are anthropogenic, that is, caused by humans" and not by climate change. As one of the leading advocates of this theory, Martin uses his own extensive research—as well as amusing insights from his personal life and career—to make his case. He draws on studies from Costa Rica and Madagascar to California and the Grand Canyon, and brings alive on the page such extinct creatures as mammoths, mastodons and the "gentle giant" ground sloths, which he shows were present in North America before the arrival of prehistoric people. He is quite fair in presenting opposing arguments and displays his ability to explain complex concepts in understandable ways. But while Martin is convincing in his reasoning and his suggestions for developing new ecological parks to increase our appreciation of the lost beasts, what is most memorable is his ability to show that "we are half blind if we behold the Grand Canyon without visions" of its extinct species. 17 b&w photos, 12 line drawings. (Nov.)
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  • File Size : 3592 KB
  • Publication Date : November 7, 2005
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 269 pages
  • Publisher : University of California Press; 1st Edition (November 7, 2005)
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 39 ratings