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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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Make sure it says "REVISED EDITION" from 2014, NOT from 2013 7 octobre 2014
Par bmuse - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Author Doug Peacock has sat for interviews, some of them online, and has explained the problems in properly completing the preparation of In The Shadow Of The Sabertooth for publication.

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.
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In the Shadow of the Sabertooth 27 août 2013
Par Mark Aronson Scott Community College - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I highly recommend this book to all educators, secondary and college, for their Environmental Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, and related classes. Doug Peacock is one of the most experienced and authentic naturalists writing today. His book, Grizzly Years, is one of the finest pieces of wilderness literature penned since John Muir and this new book follows in that tradition. Peacock has distinguished himself as a writer who depends on his personal wilderness experience, which is extensive, as the primary measuring stick for assessing the relationships between humans and the environment. His conclusions are solidly supported by the best available ecological science we have today making his writing essential reading for anyone who wants to understand our species.

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!
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The past informs our present 5 juillet 2013
Par Glen Pritchard - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Mr. Peacock's book is a robust overview of the history of the human species and is obviously based on extensive scientific research. That doesn't preclude him from serving up a fascinating story. The mystery of the abrupt surfacing of the Clovis people and their equally abrupt disappearance should give us pause as we face present day climate changes and subsequent risks to our continued existence on the planet. Peacock uses insight gained from his experiences with our own large bear, the Grizzly, to suggest the risks people in those pre and post glacial times faced hunting and being hunted by North America's mega fauna such as the short faced bear, the saber tooth tiger, and the Dyer wolf to name a few. The new world emigrants obviously couldn't resist the riches offered in a world untouched by man. Life would have been a daily mix of risk and reward, and Peacock does a thorough job of taking us along for the ride.
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Interesting and engaging. 16 octobre 2013
Par Prudence - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A great read. Technical but down to earth. Great stories along with hard facts. I am from the area of Montana D. Peacock writes about. He is accurate in his descriptions of current landscape of the I area. I loved this book. I was fascinated with his knowledge.
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Provocative 21 septembre 2013
Par Poppa Tbone - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
It's like sitting at a campfire and considering similar campfires of the first adventurers who filtered into North America.
A compelling read. . . like all of Peacock's works.
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