Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America

Category: Book
By (author): Childs, Craig
Subject:  HISTORY / North America
  NATURE / Ecology
  NON-FICTION / General
  SCIENCE / Paleontology
Publisher: Pantheon
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in x 0.81in
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From The Publisher*From the author of Apocalyptic Planet, an unsparing, vivid, revelatory travelogue through prehistory that traces the arrival of the First People in North America twenty thousand years ago and the artifacts that enable us to imagine their lives and fates.

Scientists squabble over the locations and dates for human arrival in the New World. The first explorers were few, encampments fleeting. At some point in time, between twenty and forty thousand years ago, sea levels were low enough that a vast land bridge was exposed between Asia and North America. But the land bridge was not the only way across. This book upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were. The unpeopled continent they reached was inhabited by megafauna-mastodons, sloths, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, lions, bison, and bears. The First People were not docile-Paleolithic spear points are still encrusted with the protein of their prey-but they were wildly outnumbered and many were prey to the much larger animals. This is a chronicle of the last millennia of the Ice Age, the gradual oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans' chances for survival.
Review Quote*"Whenever I read Craig Childs I feel as if I am in the presence a passionate tour guide to exotic places, rare artifacts, and ancient bones. Childs' Atlas of a Lost World is a transcontinental detective story about the arrival of humans in North America. About 20,000 years ago climates changed, humans spread across the globe, and a new era began for life in North America. Childs' first-hand encounters and vivid prose make his telling of these pivotal events read more like a thriller than a stale account of dusty artifacts."
-Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish
Biographical NoteCRAIG CHILDS is the author of Apocalyptic Planet. He has been a regular commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, The Sun, and Orion Magazine. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, and, for his body of work, the 2003 Spirit of the West Award.