End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals

End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals

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 pr Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller?including gorilla-s...

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Title:End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals
Author:Ross D.E. MacPhee
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Genres:Science
ISBN:0393249298
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:236 pages pages

End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals Reviews

  • Kirsten
    Jan 27, 2019
    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...
  • Charles
    Feb 15, 2019
    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...
  • Bill
    Jan 15, 2019
    A well thought out and closely considered study of the animal extinctions at the end of the last ice age. The book comes to no hard conclusions, instead it repeats all the past and current theories on this topic. From this we can draw our own conclusions or agree with the author that a...
  • Miki
    Feb 14, 2019
    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...
  • Fox
    Apr 22, 2019
    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...
  • Michael Scott
    Mar 05, 2019
    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...
  • Lance Grabmiller
    Apr 27, 2019
    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...
  • Don  Kent
    Feb 16, 2019
    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...
  • Rich
    Feb 16, 2019
    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...
  • Tim Milligan
    Dec 31, 2018
    This book changed my mind on the likely causes of Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions, and did so in a surprisingly readable way. I practically tore through this book, which is really something for a nonfiction natural history book. The book notably contains numerous really wonderful pa...
  • Carolyn Rose
    Apr 24, 2019
    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 25, 2019
    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...
  • Vivek Kulanthaivelpandian
    Jul 18, 2019
    A good insight into possible causes of mega fauna extinction. The illustrations are very beautiful and covered most of my favorite Proboscidea.A must read for prehistoric fauna enthusiasts. ...
  • Sandra
    Dec 11, 2018
    So much attention is given to dinosaurs and their extinction, but the megafauna have always been more interesting to me, probably because they relate more to current animals so they are easier to picture. Who wouldn?t want to see a giant sloth in real life?! Anyway, I was glad to see...
  • Beth
    Aug 13, 2018
    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...
  • Tim Robinson
    May 16, 2019
    Were humans responsible for the mass extinction of megafauna in the last twenty thousand years? We just don't know. Beautifully illustrated. ...
  • Peter Tillman
    Jun 22, 2019
    A beautiful book, with wonderful illustrations by Australian artist Peter Schouten. The illustrations alone are worth the price of admission, if you are a paleoart fan. There were some VERY strange creatures around, not very long ago. Very few survive today. Why? As always, please r...
  • Tommie Mc.
    Jul 16, 2019
    basically, we don't know why megafauna went extinct. there's a plethora of contributing factors. i really like the hyperdisease theory though. ...
  • Bill Leach
    Apr 12, 2019
    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...
  • Benjamin Barnes
    Aug 06, 2019
    The Art work in this book is exceptionally beautiful. I Would buy it again just for the Picturw??? ...
  • Elentarri
    Jun 17, 2019
    This provides a good introduction and overview to the extinctions that occurred in the Cenozoic Era, focusing mainly on the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The author discusses the evidence (or lack thereof), the various hypotheses, and the opposing or contradi...
  • C.a. Anderson
    Jul 21, 2019
    Enjoyed the book. Anything to do with pre-historic animals I will read. The book explains all the different theories of why the large animals went extinct before and during the ice ages. The illustrations are outstanding. ...
  • Jane Horn
    May 11, 2019
    Really interesting topic. ...
  • Michael Norwitz
    Jun 15, 2019
    An extended argument concerning the mass extinction event of the great mammals, particularly aimed at the assumption that it must have been human overhunting. Gorgeously illustrated. ...
  • Debbie Mcclelland
    Dec 22, 2018
    Meh. I take exception to the "theory" that humans over hunted the megafauna of America ! The population density had to be on the order of, maybe, 50 people in a square mile, 20,000years ago! Please, please think of the nonstop killing they would have to do to achieve this! The im...
  • A.M.G.
    Jul 10, 2019
    Rating: 3.4 / 5 Beautifully illustrated and compellingly told (at first), I was captivated by this book on a subject that I know very little about. Unfortunately, it does get repetitive after a while, and so I stopped about halfway through and left it unfinished. Still, a decent ...
  • Maisie Iven
    Mar 13, 2019
    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...
  • Al Burke
    Apr 07, 2019
    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 20, 2019
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  • Ed Stoddard
    Jul 31, 2019
    An excellent overview of the debates concerning one of the most perplexing extinction events in natural history: the abrupt disappearance tens of thousands of years ago of dozens of megafauna species across the world, with Africa and South Asia generally unscathed. Two schools of thoug...