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...

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

  • Beth

    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 really interesting. Also, we didn't cover worldwide extinctions, but focused mostly on North America. A lot of the information presented in this book was new to me and help me to better understand how this phenomenon

    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 really interesting. Also, we didn't cover worldwide extinctions, but focused mostly on North America. A lot of the information presented in this book was new to me and help me to better understand how this phenomenon worked (or didn't) worldwide. Plus, the full-color illustrations were gorgeous! A very interesting read!

  • Sandra

    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 this title listed as a new release at my library and I scooped it up.

    It was a very interesting book complete with beautiful illustrations. Discussions of various theories of extinction ensued when really it was lik

    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 this title listed as a new release at my library and I scooped it up.

    It was a very interesting book complete with beautiful illustrations. Discussions of various theories of extinction ensued when really it was likely a combination of a few. And, like the mystery of Roanoke, will we ever really know? Only time and further discoveries will tell.

    I would have liked more detail about the megafauna in general though. What did they do, eat, etc. How did they live and interact with each other? I’ll need a different volume for that, it seems.

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