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The Resource Once & future giants : what Ice Age extinctions tell us about the fate of Earth's largest animals, Sharon Levy, (electronic resource)

Once & future giants : what Ice Age extinctions tell us about the fate of Earth's largest animals, Sharon Levy, (electronic resource)

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Once & future giants : what Ice Age extinctions tell us about the fate of Earth's largest animals
Title
Once & future giants
Title remainder
what Ice Age extinctions tell us about the fate of Earth's largest animals
Statement of responsibility
Sharon Levy
Title variation
Once and future giants
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 evidence surrounding Pleistocene large animal ('megafauna') extinction events worldwide, showing that understanding this history--and our part in it--is crucial for protecting the elephants, polar bears, and other great creatures at risk today. These surviving relatives of the Ice Age beasts now face an intensified replay of that great die-off, as our species usurps the planet's last wild places while driving a warming trend more extreme than any in mammalian history. Inspired by a passion for the lost Pleistocene giants, some scientists advocate bringing elephants and cheetahs to the Great Plains as stand-ins for their extinct native brethren. By reintroducing big browsers and carnivores to North America, they argue, we could rescue some of the planet's most endangered animals while restoring healthy prairie ecosystems. Critics, including biologists enmeshed in the struggle to restore native species like the gray wolf and the bison, see the proposal as a dangerous distraction from more realistic and legitimate conservation efforts. Deftly navigating competing theories and emerging evidence, Once and Future Giants examines the extent of human influence on megafauna extinctions past and present, and explores innovative conservation efforts around the globe. The key to modern-day conservation, Levy suggests, may lie fossilized right under our feet"--Provided by publisher
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1959-
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Levy, Sharon
Dewey number
576.8/4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Extinction (Biology)
  • Paleontology
  • Wildlife conservation
Label
Once & future giants : what Ice Age extinctions tell us about the fate of Earth's largest animals, Sharon Levy, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Elegy for the mastodon -- Mammoth tracks -- Giants down under -- Wild dreams -- Wild realities -- The big heat -- Dead beasts walking
Control code
ocn704541791
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 255 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199708420
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)704541791
Label
Once & future giants : what Ice Age extinctions tell us about the fate of Earth's largest animals, Sharon Levy, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Elegy for the mastodon -- Mammoth tracks -- Giants down under -- Wild dreams -- Wild realities -- The big heat -- Dead beasts walking
Control code
ocn704541791
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 255 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199708420
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)704541791

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