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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lydia V. Pyne, Stephen J. Pyne Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An enlightening investigation of the Pleistocene’s dual character as a geologic time—and as a cultural idea

The Pleistocene is the epoch of geologic time closest to our own. It’s a time of ice ages, global migrations, and mass extinctions—of woolly rhinos, mammoths, giant ground sloths, and not least early species of Homo. It’s the world that created ours.

But outside that environmental story there exists a parallel narrative that describes how our ideas about the Pleistocene have emerged. This story explains the place of the Pleistocene in shaping intellectual culture, and the role of a rapidly evolving culture in creating the idea of the Pleistocene and in establishing its dimensions. This second story addresses how the epoch, its Earth-shaping events, and its creatures, both those that survived and those that disappeared, helped kindle new sciences and a new origins story as the sciences split from the humanities as a way of looking at the past.

Ultimately, it is the story of how the dominant creature to emerge from the frost-and-fire world of the Pleistocene came to understand its place in the scheme of things. A remarkable synthesis of science and history, The Last Lost World describes the world that made our modern one.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nephi Jenks | 10/2/2013

    " I wanted a book about sausage, instead I got a book about how sausage is made. Not what I wanted to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 3/31/2013

    " Obtuse and opaque. Not at all what I was looking for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erneilson | 1/3/2013

    " Ahh, the Pleistocene, my favorite epoch! A wonderful synthesis of current understanding of modern man's roots and the role of not just science but philosophy and the humanities in interpreting the bones and relics of the early hominids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steven | 10/2/2012

    " Excellent treatment of the Ice Age. "

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