End of the Megafauna
Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller—including gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and crocodiles that weighed a ton or more—roamed the earth. These great beasts, or “megafauna,” lived on every habitable continent and on many islands. With a handful of exceptions, all are now gone.What caused the disappearance of these prehistoric behemoths? No one event can be pinpointed as a specific cause, but several factors may have played a role. Paleomammalogist Ross D. E. MacPhee explores them all, examining the leading extinction theories, weighing the evidence, and presenting his own conclusions. He shows how theories of human overhunting and catastrophic climate change fail to account for critical features of these extinctions, and how new thinking is needed to elucidate these mysterious losses.Along the way, we learn how time is determined in earth history; how DNA is used to explain the genomics and phylogenetic history of megafauna—and how synthetic biology and genetic engineering may be able to reintroduce these giants of the past. Until then, gorgeous four-color illustrations by Peter Schouten re-create these megabeasts here in vivid detail.

End of the Megafauna Details

TitleEnd of the Megafauna
Author
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
ISBN-139780393249293
Rating
GenreScience, Nonfiction, History

End of the Megafauna Review

  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Edelweiss.There are a lot of books about dinosaurs and their extinction, but not as many on the Ice Age extinction of animals like the smilodon or mastodon. With a background in anthropology, this was an update on some of the material I learned in college, which was really interesting. Also, we didn't cover worldwide extinctions, but focused mostly on North America. A lot of the information presented in this book was new to me and help me to better understand how this phenomenon ARC provided by Edelweiss.There are a lot of books about dinosaurs and their extinction, but not as many on the Ice Age extinction of animals like the smilodon or mastodon. With a background in anthropology, this was an update on some of the material I learned in college, which was really interesting. Also, we didn't cover worldwide extinctions, but focused mostly on North America. A lot of the information presented in this book was new to me and help me to better understand how this phenomenon worked (or didn't) worldwide. Plus, the full-color illustrations were gorgeous! A very interesting read!
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