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Pyne, Lydia V
The last lost world : ice ages, human origins, and the invention of the Pleistocene / Lydia V. Pyne and Stephen J. Pyne
Alternate Title Ice ages, human origins, and the invention of the Pleistocene
New York : Viking, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  QE697 .P96 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Glacial epoch
Geology, Stratigraphic -- Pleistocene
Paleoecology -- Pleistocene
Human beings -- Origin
Human evolution
Paleogeography -- Pleistocene
Paleoanthropology -- Philosophy -- History
Science -- Philosophy -- History
Physical Description x, 306 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-288) and index
Summary 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
Contents Prologue : Mossel Bay, South Africa -- 1. How the Pleistocene got its ice -- Rift -- Ice -- Story -- 2. The great game -- Footnotes to Plato -- Out of Africa -- Missing links -- New truths, heresies, superstitions -- The ancients and the moderns -- 3. How the Pleistocene lost its tale -- The hominin who would be king -- The Anthropocene -- Epilogue : Rift redux
Alternate Author Pyne, Stephen J., 1949-

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