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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul S. Martin Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As recently as 11,000 years ago - near time to geologists - mammoths, mastodons, gomphotheres, ground sloths, giant armadillos, native camels and horses, the dire wolf, and many other large mammals roamed North America. In what has become one of science's greatest riddles, these large animals vanished in North and South America around the time humans arrived at the end of the last great ice age.

Part paleontological adventure and part memoir, Twilight of the Mammoths presents in detail internationally renowned paleoecologist Paul Martin's widely discussed and debated overkill hypothesis to explain these mysterious megafauna extinctions. Taking us from Rampart cave in the Grand Canyon, where he finds himself chest deep in sloth dung, to other important fossil sites in Arizona and Chile, Martin's engaging book, written for a wide audience, uncovers our rich evolutionary legacy and shows why he has come to believe that the earliest Americans literally hunted these animals to death.

As he discusses the discoveries that brought him to this hypothesis, Martin relates many colorful stories and gives a rich overview of the field of paleontology as well as his own fascinating career. He explores the ramifications of the overkill hypothesis for similar extinctions worldwide and examines other explanations for the extinctions, including climate change. Martin's visionary thinking about our missing megafauna offers inspiration and a challenge for today's conservation efforts as he speculates on what we might do to remedy this situation - both in our thinking about what is natural and in the natural world itself.

This book is published by University of California Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheryl | 6/8/2013

    " I find the idea of repopulating the Americas with relatives of extinct natives to be very interesting. I am not sure it is totally practical, but I can easily see elephants on the plains of Texas. What fun that would be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Virginia | 2/17/2012

    " This is a very convincing thesis for the human caused extinction of not just the large and varied mammals of North America 11,000 YAG. The pattern of humans moving onto a new continent or island and the extinction of major fauna was repeaded with every expansion. Well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 1/14/2010

    " I learned that I am still not positive that the Pleistocene magefauna were killed by Homo sapien but I do want to see Elephants in New Mexico. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 12/28/2008

    " I learned that I am still not positive that the Pleistocene magefauna were killed by Homo sapien but I do want to see Elephants in New Mexico. "

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