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Title:
Ice Age mammals of North America : a guide to the big, the hairy, and the bizarre
Author:
Lange, Ian M.
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Publication Information:
Missoula, Mont. : Mountain Press Pub., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
viii, 226 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780878424030
Format :
Book

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Summary

Colourfully illustrated descriptions of strange and marvelous beasts form the heart of Ice Age Mammals of North America . You'll learn about the geologic events that led to the ice ages, along with possible causes for the mass extinctions of so many species. Fun sidebars explore such topics as the enormous size of some Ice Age animals and how DNA analysis is revolutionizing our knowledge of them. You'll even discover sites where you can view remains of these fascinating creatures today.


Author Notes

Ian M. Lange is a professor of economic geology at the University of Montana in Missoula
Dorothy S. Norton is an artist and scientific illustrator specializing in astronomy, geology, and paleontology. Her colorful paintings of extinct animals grace the walls of Japan's National Geological Museums. From her home in Bend, Oregon, she produces instructional science slides for use in college and university classrooms


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 Dinosaurs and Woolly Mammothsp. 1
2 A Cast of Continentsp. 9
3 The Pleistocene Epochp. 21
4 Why the Ice Ages?p. 49
5 The Pleistocene Animalsp. 65
Xenarthrans or Edentates--Order Xenarthra--Sloths and Armadillosp. 69
Carnivores--Order Carnivorap. 92
Rodents--Order Rodentiap. 117
Odd-Toed Ungulates--Order Perissodactyla--Horses, Rhinos, and Tapirsp. 121
Even-Toed Ungulates--Order Artiodactyla--Deer, Bison, and Camelsp. 137
Elephants and Their Relatives--Order Proboscideap. 163
6 Extinctions: Why Are the Big Guys Gone?p. 181
Appendix I Selected Sites to Visit: Museums, Fossil Sites, and Web Sitesp. 199
Glossaryp. 211
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 219