In the Shadow of the Sabertooth A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene

ISBN-10: 1849351406
ISBN-13: 9781849351409
Edition: 2013
Authors: Doug Peacock
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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: AK Press
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Our climate is changing fast. The future is uncertain, probably fiery, and likely terrifying. Yet shifting weather patterns have threatened humans before, right here in North America, when people first colonized this continent. About 15,000 years ago, the weather began to warm, melting the huge glaciers of the Late Pleistocene. In this brand new landscape, humans managed to adapt to unfamiliar habitats and dangerous creatures in the midst of a wildly fluctuating climate. What was it like to live with huge pack-hunting lions, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and gigantic short-faced bears, to hunt now extinct horses, camels, and mammoth? Are there lessons for modern people lingering along this ancient trail?The shifting weather patterns of today—what we call "global warming"—will far exceed anything our ancestors previously faced. Doug Peacock's latest narrative explores the full circle of climate change, from the death of the megafauna to the depletion of the ozone, in a deeply personal story that takes readers from Peacock's participation in an archeological dig for early Clovis remains in Livingston, MT, near his home, to the death of the local whitebark pine trees in the same region, as a result of changes in the migration pattern of pine beetles with the warming seasons.Writer and adventurerDoug Peacockhas spent the past fifty years wandering the earth's wildest places, studying grizzly bears and advocating for the preservation of wilderness. He is the author ofGrizzly Years;Baja; andWalking It Offand co-author ofThe Essential Grizzly. Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2011 Lannan Fellow.

Repatriation and the Greatest Adventure
Sidebar: a note on dating and carbon-14
The Lair of the Short-faced Bear
Forbidding Glaciers, Man-eating Predators and Poisonous Plants in Ice-age America
Archaeology and the Shape of the Journey
Invisible People: Life Before the Pre-Last Glacial Maximum
Ice-age People in the Far North of Siberia and America
Mingled Fates of Homo Sapiens and Ursus Arctos Horribilis
Grizzly Bears as Proxy for Early Human Occupation of the Americas
Braving the Northwest Coast During the Time of Icebergs
Maritime Learning and Innovation in North America
Pre-Clovis People
The Significance of People in the Contiguous American States before Clovis
Clovis
The Great American Invention?
Endgame
Late Pleistocene Extinction and the Sudden Sunset of Clovis
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index

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