Atlas of A Lost World

Atlas of A Lost World

Travels in Ice Age America

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Scientists squabble over the locations and dates for human arrival in the New World. The first explorers were few, encampments fleeting. At some point in time, between twenty and forty thousand years ago, sea levels were low enough that a vast land bridge was exposed between Asia and North America. But the land bridge was not the only way across. This book upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were. The unpeopled continent they reached was inhabited by megafauna-mastodons, sloths, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, lions, bison, and bears. The First People were not docile-Paleolithic spear points are still encrusted with the protein of their prey-but they were wildly outnumbered and many were prey to the much larger animals. This is a chronicle of the last millennia of the Ice Age, the gradual oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans' chances for survival.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780307908650
0307908658
Branch Call Number: 551.792 CHILDS C
Characteristics: xvi, 269 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gilman, Sarah - Illustrator

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StephenFoster
Feb 12, 2019

A fascinating account of ongoing research and visits to sites left by ancient hunters and their ice age prey. Mammoths, mastadons, and other extinct animals are very much part of the story of the first humans in North America. Childs is especially sensitive
to time, to migrations, both animal and human, and to the loss of the ice age megafauna. A personal as well as an intellectual and emotional journey is what he relates in his atlas of a lost world. I highly recommend it. Steve Foster.

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