• Title: The Call of Distant Mammoths: Why the Ice Age Mammals Disappeared
  • Author: Peter D. Ward
  • Released: 1997-04-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 241
  • ISBN: 0387949151
  • ISBN13: 978-0387949154
  • ASIN: 0387949151
From Library Journal Until 10,000 years ago, many species of large mammals still flourished on earth: giant ground sloths and camels, sabre-toothed tigers, and bison and elk, as well as mammoths. Most of these mammals had no natural predators, so why did they disappear? Currently, the top two theories are that humans overhunted them or that climate changes resulted in their demise. Ward (The End of Evolution, LJ 5/15/94) reviews the continuing debate surrounding dinosaur extinction (was it a comet or catastrophic climate changes?), which influences the study of the Ice Age extinctions. He recounts the recent advancement in carbon dating techniques, which changes earlier interpretations of significant fossil sites, and describes the problems in locating fossils. Using the latest studies of mammoth tusks, Ward concludes that the mass extinctions were the result of unique and catastrophic conditions. His writing style is conversational and dynamic; his facts are stunning. Highly recommended for all collections.?Gloria Maxwell, Kansas City P.L., Kan.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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