Giants of the Ice Age

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A dazzling visual record of one of Earth's most extraordinary species, this updated and revised edition of Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age integrates exciting new research to piece together the story of mammoths, mastodons, and their relatives, icons of the Ice Age. Incorporating recent genetic work, new fossil finds, new extinction theories, and more, Mammoths is a captivating exploration of how these mighty creatures evolved, lived, and mysteriously disappeared. The book features a wealth of color illustrations that depict mammoths in their dramatic Ice Age habitats, scores of photographs of mammoth remains, and images of the art of prehistoric people who saw these animals in the flesh. Full of intriguing facts, boxed features, and clear graphics, Mammoths examines the findings--including intact frozen carcasses from Siberia and fossilized remains from South Dakota, California, England, France, and elsewhere--that have provided clues to the mammoths' geographic range, body structure, way of life, and interactions with early humans. It is an enthralling story of paleontological, archaeological, and geological exploration and of the fascinating investigations of biologists, anthropologists, and art historians worldwide.

Copub: Marshall Editions
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2007.
Edition: Rev. ed.
ISBN: 9780520253193
Branch Call Number: 569.67 Lister 12/2007
Characteristics: 192 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bahn, Paul G.


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Oct 17, 2018

As I read the book "Atlas of a Lost World - Travels in Ice Age America" by Craig Childs (which I recommend), I realized I didn't know much about mammoths or mastodons, some of the main game hunted by ice age peoples. I went looking for a recent book on these ancient animals, that hopefully was technical and in depth, but not so tough a read that I would lose interest. In "Mammoths - Giants of the Ice Age" I found just what I was looking for!

Authors Adrian Lister, a foremost expert on mammoths and Paul Bahn, an archeologist, have written a fascinating small coffee table book on this subject that is packed with great photos, illustrations, charts, maps, research and history. It took me weeks to digest all the information, but I was never bored. The authors have created an excellent reference book on mammoths and to a lesser degree, mastodons, that can be enjoyed on several levels. If a youngster was interested in the subject, they or an adult, could go through the book and just read the information in the illustrations, charts and photos and get a lot out of that. Adults can read deeper and get a very detailed understanding of these animals right up to the finds of frozen whole mammoths in Siberia in the present day. Supported by site maps, a section on how fossils and remains are dated, how scientists determine diet, age and climate thousands of years ago and with an extensive bibliography, this book is really amazing!


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