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Atlas of a lost world : travels in Ice Age America

Author: Craig Childs; Sarah Gilman
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage Books editionView all editions and formats
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"The first people in the New World were few, their encampments fleeting. On a side of the planet no human had ever seen, different groups arrived from different directions, and not all at the same time. The land they reached was fully inhabited by megafauna--mastodons, giant bears, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, enormous bison, and sloths that stood one story tall. These Ice Age explorers, hunters, and families were  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Childs; Sarah Gilman
ISBN: 9780345806314 034580631X
OCLC Number: 1046068855
Description: xvi, 269 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Land bridge: date unknown --
Inner Beringia: 25,000 years ago --
House of ice: 20,000 years ago --
The long coast: 17,000 years ago --
Playground of giants: 45,000 to 15,000 years ago --
Emergence: 16,000 to 14,000 years ago --
A dangerous Eden: 14,500 years ago --
Cult of the fluted point: 13,500 years ago --
The last mammoth hunt: 13,000 to 12,000 years ago --
American Babylon: 12,800 to 11,800 years ago --
The party at the beginning of the world: 11,000 years ago.
Responsibility: Craig Childs ; illustrations by Sarah Gilman.

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"The first people in the New World were few, their encampments fleeting. On a side of the planet no human had ever seen, different groups arrived from different directions, and not all at the same time. The land they reached was fully inhabited by megafauna--mastodons, giant bears, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, enormous bison, and sloths that stood one story tall. These Ice Age explorers, hunters, and families were wildly outnumbered and many would themselves have been prey to the much larger animals. In Atlas of a Lost World, Craig Childs blends science and personal narrative to upend our notions of where these people came from and who they were. How they got here, persevered, and ultimately thrived is a story that resonates from the Pleistocene to our modern era, and reveals how much has changed since the time of mammoth hunters, and how little. Through it, readers will see the Ice Age, and their own age, in a whole new light."--Back cover.

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