In the Shadow of the Sabertooth

In the Shadow of the Sabertooth

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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 todaya€”what we call qglobal warmingqa€”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.The biggest was the North American short-faced bear weighing in at over a ton. ... Likewise, the scimitar cat had long, sharp serrated fangs perfect, they say, for slashing baby mammoths. ... Wolves functioned much as they do today but probably scavenged more. The dire wolf and Beringian gray wolf had unusually heavy jaws and crushing teeth; the paleontological guess is that they both scavenged andanbsp;...

Title:In the Shadow of the Sabertooth
Author:Doug Peacock
Publisher:AK Press - 2013-06-16


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