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Author O'Neill, Dan (Daniel T.)

Title The last giant of Beringia : the mystery of the Bering Land Bridge / Dan O'Neill.

Publication Info. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [2004]


Location Call No. Status
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  551.792 O'NE    Check Shelf
Description vii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Toast of Khabarovsk -- Ice age -- Hebe's son -- Calling -- Fieldwork in arctic Alaska -- Something going on -- Giddings -- Simultaneous equation -- Writing the bible -- Productivity paradox -- Mammoth fauna -- Soil from maars -- First Americans -- First of the first -- Last of the last -- Afterword -- Bibliographic notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
Summary The intriguing theory of a land bridge periodically linking Siberia and Alaska during the coldest pulsations of the Ice Ages had been much debated since Jose de Acosta, a Spanish missionary working in Mexico and Peru, first proposed the idea of a connection between the continents in 1590. But proof of the land bridge -- now named Beringia, after eighteenth-century Danish explorer Vitus Bering -- eluded scientists until an inquiring geologist named Dave Hopkins emerged from rural New England and set himself to the task of solving the mystery. Through the life story of Hopkins, The Last Giant of Beringia reveals the fascinating science detective story that at last confirmed the existence of the land bridge that served as the intercontinental migration route for such massive Ice Age beasts as woolly mammoths, steppe bison, giant stag-moose, dire wolves, short-faced bears, and saber-toothed cats -- and for the first humans to enter the New World from Asia. After proving unambiguously that the land bridge existed, Hopkins then conclusively demonstrated that the Beringian landscape cannot have been the "polar desert" that many had claimed, but provided forage enough to sustain a diverse menagerie of Ice Age behemoths.
Subject Bering Land Bridge.
Hopkins, David Moody, 1921-2001.
Glacial epoch -- Bering Land Bridge.
ISBN 0813341973: $26.00
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