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End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals

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Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller—including gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and crocodiles that weighed a ton or more—roamed the earth. These great beasts, or “megafauna,” lived on every habitable continent and on many islands. With a handful of exceptions, all are now gone.


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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company
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Beth
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, nonfiction
ARC provided by Edelweiss.

There are a lot of books about dinosaurs and their extinction, but not as many on the Ice Age extinction of animals like the smilodon or mastodon. With a background in anthropology, this was an update on some of the material I learned in college, which was really interesting. Also, we didn't cover worldwide extinctions, but focused mostly on North America. A lot of the information presented in this book was new to me and help me to better understand how this phenomenon
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Tim Milligan
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book changed my mind on the likely causes of Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions, and did so in a surprisingly readable way. I practically tore through this book, which is really something for a nonfiction natural history book. The book notably contains numerous really wonderful paintings of prehistoric animals (and some extant species) in their natural environments. Want some great illustrations of what ground sloths may have looked like? Look no further!
Sandra
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much attention is given to dinosaurs and their extinction, but the megafauna have always been more interesting to me, probably because they relate more to current animals so they are easier to picture. Who wouldn’t want to see a giant sloth in real life?! Anyway, I was glad to see this title listed as a new release at my library and I scooped it up.

It was a very interesting book complete with beautiful illustrations. Discussions of various theories of extinction ensued when really it was lik
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Debbie Mcclelland
Meh.

I take exception to the "theory" that humans over hunted the megafauna of America ! The population density had to be on the order of, maybe, 50 people in a square mile, 20,000years ago! Please, please think of the nonstop killing they would have to do to achieve this!

The impact of a great comet or asteroid took out the megafauna AND the Aurignacian and/or Clovis people who hunted them. There is very good evidence for the impact around 13,000years ago.

Yes, the people of today are very good at
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Bill
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well thought out and closely considered study of the animal extinctions at the end of the last ice age. The book comes to no hard conclusions, instead it repeats all the past and current theories on this topic. From this we can draw our own conclusions or agree with the author that a more detailed analysis of all the facts are needed to make a considered conclusion. The book is magnificently illustrated with diorama like pictures of these long gone animals in their environment.
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