The Last Lost World

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0143123424
  • 9780143123422
  • 1,073,097

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"Daughter-and-father historians of science pretty fully justify their profession in this brilliant explanation of the most recent geological epoch [ ] For science mavens of a philosophical bent, this may be the book of the year, a font of knowledge and, what s more and better, intellectual exercise." Booklist Written in clear, supple prose, this title will interest historians, anthropologists, and anyone fascinated by the Ice Ages, human evolution, and the history of science and culture.
Library Journal Lasting from about 3 million to 10,000 years ago, the Pleistocene is both a geological epoch and an idea, write science historians Stephen Pyne (Voyager: Exploration, Space, and the Third Great Age of Discovery, 2011, etc.) and his daughter Lydia, who proceed to deliver a perceptive account of both."
Kirkus Reviews [Pyne] and his daughter dig right into the subject of the tumultuous, fascinating Pleistocene and do [ ] a lively, bang-up job of it.
Open Letters Monthly"
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About Lydia Pyne

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.
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