A dazzling visual record of one of Earth's most extraordinary species, this updated and revised edition of Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age integrates exciting new research to piece together the story of mammoths, mastodons, and their relatives, icons of the Ice Age.
Incorporating recent genetic work, new fossil finds, new extinction theories, and more, Mammoths is a captivating exploration of how these mighty creatures evolved, lived, and mysteriously disappeared. The book features a wealth of color illustrations that depict mammoths in their dramatic Ice Age habitats, scores of photographs of mammoth remains, and images of the art of prehistoric people who saw these animals in the flesh. Full of intriguing facts, boxed features, and clear graphics, Mammoths examines the findingsincluding intact frozen carcasses from Siberia and fossilized remains from South Dakota, California, England, France, and elsewherethat have provided clues to the mammoths' geographic range, body structure, way of life, and interactions with early humans. It is an enthralling story of paleontological, archaeological, and geological exploration and of the fascinating investigations of biologists, anthropologists, and art historians worldwide.
Copub: Marshall Editions
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition, Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.78(d)|
About the Author
Adrian Lister is a Research Leader in Paleontology at the Natural History Museum, London, and Visiting Professor at University College London. A leading expert on mammoths, he has published over 120 scientific papers on Ice Age mammals. He has also studied mammoth fossils in museums all over the world, and the behavior of living elephants in the wild. Paul Bahn is an independent archaeologist and author of Journey to the Ice Age (UC Press), and editor of Atlas of World Archaeology and Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology among other books.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jean M. Auel
The Natural History of Mammoths
Mammoths and Human Culture
Interpreting the Evidence
Maps of Mammoth Sites
Guide to Sites and Museums
What People are Saying About This
"Very well illustrated. . . This title is a good general introduction to the mammoths."Scienceblogs.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very well illustrated summary of what is known about Mammoths (although a few of the illustrations are poorly designed with respect to the trough that goes down the middle of an open book). I would have liked a little more technical detail about the differences between Mammoth species, but this may have been more suited to a different book. The authors seem to discount (rightly?) the idea that humans caused the extinction of mammoths, but they also point out the limitations of the arguments from climate change. I would love to know more about the interaction of humans and mammoths. I would also like to know more details about the full range of mammoths fossil deposits. But again, this would have required a much bigger and more difficult book. This volume provides a very enjoyable introduction to these creatures.