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The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene

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An enlightening 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. It’s 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.

Ultimately, it is the story of how the dominant creature to emerge from the frost-and-fire world of the Pleistocene came to understand its place in the scheme of things. A remarkable synthesis of science and history, The Last Lost World describes the world that made our modern one.

Synopsis:

An enthralling scientific and cultural exploration of the Ice Age — from the author of How the Canyon Became Grand

From a remarkable father-daughter team comes a dramatic synthesis of science and environmental history — an exploration of the geologic time scale and evolution twinned with the story of how, eventually, we have come to understand our own past.

The Pleistocene is the epoch of geologic time closest to our own. The Last Lost World is an inquiry into the conditions that made it, the themes that define it, and the creature that emerged dominant from it. At the same time, it tells the story of how we came to discover and understand this crucial period in the Earth’s history and what meanings it has for today.

About the Author

Lydia V. Pyne, a lecturer and visiting fellow at Drexel University, has done extensive fieldwork in archaeology and paleoanthropology. She lives in Philadelphia.

Stephen J. Pyne is the author of Voyager, Year of the Fires, The Ice, and How the Canyon Became Grand, among many other books. He lives in Glendale, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Overlook: The View from Dutton Point

Two New Worlds

Canyon, Found and Lost

Second Age, Second Chance

Convergence

Rim and River

Lonely and Majestic Way: Big Cañon

Into the Great Unknown: Grand Canyon

Against the Currents: Return to Big Cañon

A Great Innovation: Grand Ensemble

Leave It as It Is: One of the Great Sights

Canyon and Cosmos

Modernism Moves On: The Populist Canyon

Down the River and Back from the Brink: The Environmentalist Canyon

Afterword: A Review from Point Sublime

Appendix: The Grand Canyon: A Graphical Profile

Notes

Sources and Further Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143123422
Author:
Lydia V. Pyne and Stephen J. Pyne
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Pyne, Stephen J.
Author:
Pyne, Lydia V.
Subject:
Rocks & Minerals
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Biology-General
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
5.74 x 8.74 x 0.9 in 0.95 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , An enthralling scientific and cultural exploration of the Ice Age — from the author of How the Canyon Became Grand

From a remarkable father-daughter team comes a dramatic synthesis of science and environmental history — an exploration of the geologic time scale and evolution twinned with the story of how, eventually, we have come to understand our own past.

The Pleistocene is the epoch of geologic time closest to our own. The Last Lost World is an inquiry into the conditions that made it, the themes that define it, and the creature that emerged dominant from it. At the same time, it tells the story of how we came to discover and understand this crucial period in the Earth’s history and what meanings it has for today.

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