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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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

  • mary
    Jan 30, 2019
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  • 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...
  • 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...
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    Oct 28, 2018
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    Jan 28, 2019
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    Dec 25, 2018
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  • 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...
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    Oct 02, 2018
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    Jan 16, 2019
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  • Jennifer
    Jan 25, 2019
    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...
  • Stephanie
    Jan 29, 2019
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  • 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...
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    Feb 11, 2019
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    Dec 24, 2018
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    Jul 02, 2018
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    Dec 12, 2018
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    Jan 13, 2019
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    Nov 26, 2018
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  • 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...
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    Feb 11, 2019
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    Jan 05, 2019
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    Jan 24, 2019
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    Feb 08, 2019
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    Jan 27, 2019
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    Jan 29, 2019
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    Jan 04, 2019
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    Dec 27, 2018
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