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
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:236 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

  • Fox
    Apr 22, 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

  • Michael Scott
    Mar 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

  • Lance Grabmiller
    Apr 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

  • 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

  • Carolyn Rose
    Apr 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

  • 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

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

  • 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Bill Leach
    Apr 12, 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

  • 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

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

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  • M Beal
    Feb 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

  • Maisie Iven
    Mar 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

  • 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

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

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  • Al Burke
    Apr 07, 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

  • 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

    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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

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

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  • Bossof
    Mar 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...

    End of the Megafauna presents all the current theories about what might have caused the megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene era. The most popular theory among the general public, the one that gets touted again and again, is that the megafaunal extinction was a human ca...

    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...

    TODO full review: i End of Megafauna is a book about the extinction of massive fauna around the world, in Near Time---at the end of the Late Pleistocene (Last Glacial) and at the start of the Holocene (Present Interglacial, before modern civilizations ~ 16th century CE). +/--- The b...

    Really enjoyed this. The pictures look great, and the author addresses various different extinction theories and their strengths and flaws. I liked his approach, thought he was very open and fair minded. His final hypothesis might surprise some. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Over the last 50,000 years (Late Pleistocene) numerous large mammal species have gone extinct. All large continents had thriving populations but with the exception of Africa, the large mammals have disappeared. MacPhee examines the various theories as to why these extinctions occurre...

    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...

    Really well balanced?great ratio of images to text, and a really balanced approach to numerous theories. I felt like sides?when multiple ideas were present?were given equitable (though not always identical) space. Some of the language was less than approachable for someone like...

    Not so convinced of the arguments within, being rather selective and overly simplified (despite drawing on a variety of sources) but the lavish illustrations make this a sort of amazing book on Near Time megafauna extinctions. ...

    I found this fascinating but if you're not interested in the topic and/or don't have some background, this might not be for you. ...

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

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