Format:
Book
Author:
Childs, Craig, 1967- author.
Title:
Atlas of a lost world : travels in ice age America / Craig Childs ; illustrations by Sarah Gilman.
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
©2018
Description:
xvi, 269 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Summary:
From the author of Apocalyptic Planet, an unsparing, vivid, revelatory travelogue through prehistory that traces the arrival of the First People in North America twenty thousand years ago and the artifacts that enable us to imagine their lives and fates. Scientists squabble over the locations and dates for human arrival in the New World. The first explorers were few, encampments fleeting. At some point in time, between twenty and forty thousand years ago, sea levels were low enough that a vast land bridge was exposed between Asia and North America. But the land bridge was not the only way across. This book upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were. The unpeopled continent they reached was inhabited by megafauna--mastodons, sloths, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, lions, bison, and bears. The First People were not docile--Paleolithic spear points are still encrusted with the protein of their prey--but they were wildly outnumbered and many were prey to the much larger animals. This is a chronicle of the last millennia of the Ice Age, the gradual oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans' chances for survival.
Subjects:
Prehistoric peoples -- North America.
Paleo-Indians -- North America.
Glacial epoch -- North America.
Paleoecology -- North America -- Pleistocene.
Mammals, Fossil -- North America.
Other Author:
Gilman, Sarah, illustrator.
Notes:
Maps on lining papers.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-257) and index.
Contents:
Land bridge : date unknown -- Inner Beringia : 25,000 years ago -- House of ice : 20,000 years ago -- The long coast : 17,000 years ago -- Playground of giants : 45,000 to 15,000 years ago -- Emergence : 16,000 to 14,000 years ago -- A dangerous Eden : 14,500 years ago -- Cult of the fluted point : 13,500 years ago -- The last mammoth hunt : 13,000 to 12,000 years ago -- American Babylon : 12,800 to 11,800 years ago -- The party at the beginning of the world : 11,000 years ago -- Epilogue.
LCCN:
2017033037
ISBN:
9780307908650
0307908658
Other Number:
1000249112
System Availability:
5
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
5
Control Number:
1387652
Call Number:
551.792 C537AT 2018
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
3
# System items in:
3