In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene (Anglais) Broché – 4 juin 2013
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Our climate is changing fast. The future is uncertain, probably fiery, and likely terrifying. Yet shifting weather patterns have threatened humans before, right here in North America, when people first colonized this continent. About 15,000 years ago, the weather began to warm, melting the huge glaciers of the Late Pleistocene. In this brand new landscape, humans managed to adapt to unfamiliar habitats and dangerous creatures in the midst of a wildly fluctuating climate. What was it like to live with huge pack-hunting lions, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and gigantic short-faced bears, to hunt now extinct horses, camels, and mammoth? Are there lessons for modern people lingering along this ancient trail?
The shifting weather patterns of todaywhat we call "global warming"will far exceed anything our ancestors previously faced. Doug Peacock's latest narrative explores the full circle of climate change, from the death of the megafauna to the depletion of the ozone, in a deeply personal story that takes readers from Peacock's participation in an archeological dig for early Clovis remains in Livingston, MT, near his home, to the death of the local whitebark pine trees in the same region, as a result of changes in the migration pattern of pine beetles with the warming seasons.
Writer and adventurer Doug Peacock has spent the past fifty years wandering the earth's wildest places, studying grizzly bears and advocating for the preservation of wilderness. He is the author of "Grizzly Years"; "Baja"; and "Walking It Off "and co-author of "The Essential Grizzly." Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2011 Lannan Fellow.
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Biographie de l'auteur
A disabled Vietnam veteran and Green Beret medic, Peacock was the real-life model for Edward Abbey s George Washington Hayduke. He has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the blue sheep of Nepal.
Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a Lannan Fellow for his work on a new memoir about archeology, climate change and the peopling of North America.
He lectures regularly about wilderness and veterans issues, often at schools including The Hotchkiss School, California Academy of Sciences, Scotts Community College in Iowa, Texas A&M, Middlebury College, University of Minnesota, Ohio University, University of Montana, The Thacher School, University of Kansas and many others.
Doug was the subject of a feature film about grizzlies and Vietnam, Peacock s War, which premiered on PBS s Nature and the Discovery Channel, and won the grand prizes at the Telluride Mountainfilm and the Snowbird film festivals. He has appeared on television shows including the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Evening News, PM Magazine, Sesame Street, American Sportsman and Democracy Now.
Doug co-founded the Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies, and is an active member of the board of directors for Round River Conservation Studies and the Raincoast Conservation Society, whose efforts are directed toward the conservation of large landscapes. Raincoast works primarily on the British Columbian coast, forging an alliance with First Nations to change logging practices, end salmon farming and trophy brown bear hunts. Round River labors on a larger scale, working with indigenous people and governments in Africa, North, South and Central America to develop region-wide conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems (simultaneously training college studentswho perform much of the field workin environmental sciences).
For his service in Vietnam, Doug was awarded Soldier s Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Bronze Star. He lives in Emigrant, Montana.
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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.
A compelling read. . . like all of Peacock's works.
Peacock was serious. Having spent big chunks of time with bears he respects and reveres them. The same for the wild country they come from. In IN THE SHADOW OF THE SABERTOOTH, the reader can draw on his immense experience in the wild to help make sense of the narrow, arcane, academic and political landscape of early North America archeology. It is a notion of inquiry that I applaud. In the towering needles of the academic silo today, the forest gets lost for the tree, if not the cellulose. A smart, experience layman to take a big picture look at what North America looked like when humans first appeared is an enticing prospect and Peacock does just that.
I gave 4 stars instead of 5 not because of issues with the author perhaps, but more with his editor. This is great material but it could have been laid out better. Too much is repeated and not enough time developing what it would have been like to be there as the ice began to melt 13,000 years ago. Not that you would last long. Have you heard of the Short-faced Bear? 6 feet tall with a nose that can smell a carcass 20 miles away, and no natural fear of humans, Peacock speculates that it may not have been possible for humans to survive while it was around in numbers.
Up to date archeology and a big picture perspective from a guy who has actually spent real time in wild places make this an armchair expedition worthy of a place on the bookshelf.
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