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- DescriptionThe volume contains summaries of facts, theories, and unsolved problems pertaining to the unexplained extinction of dozens of genera of mostly large terrestrial mammals, which occurred ca. 13,000 calendar years ago in North America and about 1,000 years later in South America. Ather equally mysterious wave of extinctions affected large Caribbean islands around 5,000 years ago. The coupling of these extinctions with the earliest appearance of human beings has led to the suggestion that foraging humans are to blame, although major climatic shifts were also taking place in the Americas during some of the extinctions. The last published volume with similar (but t identical) themes -- Extinctions in Near Time -- appeared in 1999; since then a great deal of invative, exciting new research has been done but has t yet been compiled and summarized. Different chapters in this volume provide in-depth resumes of the chrology of the extinctions in North and South America, the possible insights into animal ecology provided by studies of stable isotopes and anatomical/physiological characteristics such as growth increments in mammoth and mastodont tusks, the clues from taphomic research about large-mammal biology, the applications of dating methods to the extinctions debate, and archeological controversies concerning human hunting of large mammals.
- Author BiographyGary Haynes, archeologist and author of two related books, Mammoths, Mastodonts, and Elephants (Cambridge University Press, 1993) and The Early Settlement of North America: The Clovis Era (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He has spent nearly 30 years working in actualistic studies of large-mammal bones in Africa, Australia, and North America, and has also been deeply involved in Paleoindian research for even longer.
- Date of Publication25/11/2010
- SubjectEarth Sciences
- Series TitleVertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
- Place of PublicationDordrecht
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Content Notebiography
- Weight529 g
- Width216 mm
- Height280 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Edited byGary Haynes
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition Statement1st ed. Softcover of orig. ed. 2009
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