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Once & future giants : what Ice Age extinctions tell us about the fate of Earth's largest animals

Author: Sharon Levy
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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"Until about 13,000 years ago, North America was home to a menagerie of massive mammals. Mammoths, camels, and lions walked the ground that has become Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and foraged on the marsh land now buried beneath Chicago's streets. Then, just as the first humans reached the Americas, these Ice Age giants vanished forever. In Once and Future Giants, science writer Sharon Levy digs through the  Read more...
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Levy, Sharon, 1959-
Once and future giants.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
(DLC) 2010025763
(OCoLC)641525334
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Levy
ISBN: 9780199708420 0199708428
OCLC Number: 704541791
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 255 p.) : ill., map.
Contents: Elegy for the mastodon --
Mammoth tracks --
Giants down under --
Wild dreams --
Wild realities --
The big heat --
Dead beasts walking.
Other Titles: Once and future giants
Responsibility: Sharon Levy.
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At the close of the last Ice Age a whole menagerie of giant beasts vanished forever. In ONCE AND FUTURE GIANTS, Sharon Levy argues that understanding this mass extinction will be critical to the  Read more...

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