The Last Lost World

The Last Lost World

Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene

Book - 2012
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An investigation of the Pleistocene's dual character, as a geologic time, and as a cultural idea. The Pleistocene is the epoch of geologic time closest to our own, a time of ice ages, global migrations, and mass extinctions--of woolly rhinos, mammoths, giant ground sloths, and not least, early species of Homo. It's the world that created ours. But outside that environmental story there exists a parallel narrative that describes how our ideas about the Pleistocene have emerged. This story explains the place of the Pleistocene in shaping intellectual culture, and the role of a rapidly evolving culture in creating the idea of the Pleistocene and in establishing its dimensions. This second story addresses how the epoch, its Earth-shaping events, and its creatures, both those that survived and those that disappeared, helped kindle new sciences and a new origins story as the sciences split from the humanities as a way of looking at the past.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
Description: 306 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780670023639
0670023639
Branch Call Number: 551.792 Pyn
Additional Contributors: Pyne, Stephen J. 1949-

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Jul 28, 2012

The writing style is dry but the content is fascinating.

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