In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene (Anglais) Broché – 5 septembre 2013
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Peacock was due to direct and approve the final editing process for the first edition from 2013. He had the kind of medical emergencies for which nobody plans ahead of time. He did survive, following the replacement of the replaced hip which broke apart, he says, and he also required heart surgery. Obviously the man was preoccupied. And so the first edition went to press, and the publication was released, without the necessary final inspection and editing. So the author is well aware of the problems with typos and with obvious repetition of text.
My copy of In The Shadow of the Sabertooth was sold to me through amazon dot com by seller Elk River Books which sold the Revised Edition (it says so right on the front cover).
I am pleased with my copy in every way. I observe no typos and no repetition. There is some information from a scientific journal article which was published after the first edition of Peacock's book went to press, and so this research information is included in the Revised Edition and considerably expands and enriches the content of the book.
I will recommend this book to others, with the proviso that they make sure it is the revised edition and not the earlier, faulty edition from 2013.
In the Shadow of a Sabertooth, Peacock thinks with the mentality of the Clovis hunter. He allows the reader to experience what it must have been like to share the ecosystem with other great predators: short-faced bears, sabertooth tigers, giant lions and dire wolves. More than any other book I've read on paleolithic culture in the America's, this book allows the reader to see the formidable challenges of living during the last ice age. What's even more remarkable is that he is able to compare and contrast one of the most calamitous periods of extinction in the earth's history at the end of the Pleistocene, to the time we live in now. We are participating in the most rapid extinction ever seen on earth driven by the same factors that caused the great Pleistocene extinction: human activities and climate change.
Even though Peacock claims that this book was not intended as a review of the literature on Clovis culture, I find it a remarkably concise reduction and analysis of over 50 years of scientific literature on the subject. Students, and nonstudents alike, will find critical discussions of some of the most important issues in Pleistocene archaeology in this book. Peacock clearly lays out the theories and reviews the critical challenges to those theories.....and provides, in some cases, suggestions for further research. My conclusion is: this is one of the best books to read if you want to understand the current state of research into the debate about the "first Americans"..... a delightful and informative read.....highly recommended!
This book is very thorough and gives consideration to a large number of facts before drawing firm conclusions or making conjectures. The material is mostly very interesting, especially for those wishing to learn more about the human presence shortly before and after the last ice age and the factors that enabled us to thrive. There is also an environmental message to be obtained.
The work of Doug and his wife, Andrea, is consistently good. I have read four of their works, and none were a waste of time.
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