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

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

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. What caused the disappearance of these pr Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller?including gorilla-s...

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Title:End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals
Author:Ross D.E. MacPhee
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Genres:Science
ISBN:0393249298
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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

  • Kirsten
    Jan 27, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

  • Charles
    Feb 15, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

  • Bill
    Jan 15, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

  • Miki
    Feb 14, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

  • Alexander
    Oct 28, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Kathleen
    Jan 28, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Don  Kent
    Feb 16, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

  • Rich
    Feb 16, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

  • Karin
    Dec 25, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Tim Milligan
    Dec 31, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

  • Amanda
    Oct 02, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Eric
    Jan 16, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Jennifer
    Jan 25, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

  • Stephanie
    Jan 29, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Sandra
    Dec 11, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

  • Beth
    Aug 13, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

  • Cory Davis
    Jul 02, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Spenser
    Feb 13, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Laura
    Feb 14, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Chad
    Jan 13, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Hailey Tomlin
    Nov 26, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Jessica
    Feb 20, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Debbie Mcclelland
    Dec 22, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

  • Jeff Osier
    Feb 20, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Richard Hing
    Dec 26, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Elizabeth
    Jan 20, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Frank Perry
    Jan 05, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Vanessa
    Jan 24, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Nick Swindle
    Feb 08, 2019

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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  • Dave Avery
    Dec 27, 2018

    Short and succinct, but a very good introduction to possible explanations for a host of megafauna (big animals) extinctions that seem to have occurred in the last 10 to 20,000 years, much of which may have involved human activities. As the author indicates, one size probably doesn't fi...

    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...

    This was a surprisingly readable discussion of a longstanding scientific question: why did so much of the prehistoric megafauna, like woolly mammoths and ground sloths, go extinct? MacPhee sets the stage and then lays out the arguments in a conversational way. Was it overhunting by pre...

    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 pa...

    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...

    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 im...

    Most of the time I try not to flaunt my ignorance. This book, however, took that lack of knowledge, shook it out briskly, and held it up in glee for the world to see. I understood about two words in the whole book, and they were "the" and "and". I'm sure that someone out there got a lo...

    This would be a three star book without the superb illustrations and captions showing many of the now extinct animals. The text is primarily about theories of the mechanisms of extinction - climate change and humanity being the two major contenders. Both have flaws for being the single...

    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...

    This book is skillfully written and beautifully illustrated and competently sums up all the theories about the extinction of the megafauna of the Americas in particular. Still, there is no clear cut explanation of the phenomina. ...

    True rating: 4.5 stars. A lucid text, a cogent argument, and an absolutely wonderful collection of illustrations. ...

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