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Author MacPhee, R. D. E., author.

Title End of the megafauna : the fate of the world's hugest, fiercest, and strangest animals / Ross D.E. MacPhee ; with Illustrations by Peter Schouten.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  591.41 MAC    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  591.41 MAC    AVAILABLE
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Description 236 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Summary "The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on earth. Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller--including gorilla-sized lemurs, 800-pound birds, 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 prehistoric behemoths? Paleomammologist Ross D. E. MacPhee explores that question, examining the leading extinction theories, weighing the evidence, and presenting his own conclusions. He shows how theories of human overhunting and catastrophic climate change fail to explain critical features of these extinctions, and how new thinking is needed to elucidate these mysterious losses. He comments on how past extinctions can shed light on future losses, and on the possibility of bringing back extinct species through genetic engineering. Gorgeous four-color illustrations by Peter Schouten bring these megabeasts back to life in vivid detail."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-222) and index.
Subject Morphology (Animals)
Body size.
Extinct animals.
Extinction (Biology)
Added Author Schouten, Peter, illustrator.
ISBN 9780393249293 (hardcover)
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