Once and Future Giants: What Ice Age Extinctions Tell Us About the Fate of Earth's Largest Animals

Sharon Levy

until eventually approximately 13,000 years in the past, North the United States used to be domestic to a menagerie of huge mammals. Mammoths, camels, and lions walked the floor that has turn into Wilshire side road in l. a. and foraged at the marsh land now buried underneath Chicago's streets. Then, simply because the first people reached the Americas, those Ice Age giants vanished forever.

In Once and destiny Giants, technological know-how author Sharon Levy digs in the course of the facts surrounding Pleistocene huge animal ("megafauna") extinction occasions all over the world, exhibiting that figuring out this history--and our half in it--is an important for shielding the elephants, polar bears, and different nice creatures in danger this present day. those surviving family members of the Ice Age beasts now face the specter of one other nice die-off, as our species usurps the planet's final wild locations whereas riding a warming development extra severe than any in mammalian historical past. Deftly navigating competing theories and rising proof, Once and destiny Giants examines the level of human effect on megafauna extinctions prior and current, and explores leading edge conservation efforts world wide. the main to modern day conservation, Levy indicates, may well lie fossilized correct less than our feet.

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