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Atlas of a Lost World

Atlas of a Lost World by Craig Childs
Hardcover
May 01, 2018 | 288 Pages
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Praise

“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

“A useful and transporting tour d’horizon of the prehistoric Americas….Throughout the text, Childs projects a high degree of infectious fascination, pulling readers into his prehistoric scenes. Readers will be impressed by his hardiness as he attempts to experience what an ancient traveler may have experienced…. A tight weave of professional findings, anecdotes, site visits, and explanations behind ancient artifacts make this book both engaging and indispensable for those with an interest in prehistory.”
Kirkus
*starred review*
 
“In this captivating travelogue, Childs trods the late Ice Age with the first migrants to the Americas—adventurous and canny explorers who traveled amid disappearing glaciers and ‘a cycle of animals of all sizes from voles and falcons to some of the largest mammals seen in human evolution.’…With simple, beautiful sketches by fellow traveler Gilman, Childs’s account will fire the imagination of ordinary readers as well as anthropologists and prehistorians.”
Publishers Weekly
*starred review*
 
“Childs takes readers on a scintillating dual journey through the geography of modern and Ice Age America in this survey of some of the lands reached by the first voyagers across the Bering Sea Ice Bridge…. While exploring the American West and ultimately embarking on a trip in a north Florida swamp, Childs maintains a self-deprecating humor and a boundless enthusiasm for his subject that makes this narrative an unexpected page-turner. His curiosity is infectious, and the lessons he learns about how Ice Age people lived, what we can learn from them, and who they became resonate with serious staying power…. Childs has found history deeper than politics, and in rich, evocative prose, he makes it startlingly relevant to readers. A science title with broad and enduring appeal.” Booklist Online *starred review*

Table Of Contents

Prologue xi

1. Land Bridge: Date Unknown 3
2. Inner Beringia: 25,000 Years Ago 15
3. House of Ice: 20,000 Years Ago 33
4. The Long Coast: 17,000 Years Ago 62
5. Playground of Giants: 45,000 to 15,000 Years Ago 101
6. Emergence: 16,000 to 14,000 Years Ago 112
7. A Dangerous Eden: 14,500 Years Ago 127
8. Cult of the Fluted Point: 13,500 Years Ago 166
9. The Last Mammoth Hunt: 13,000 to 12,000 Years Ago 176
10. American Babylon: 12,800 to 11,800 Years Ago 205
11. The Party at the Beginning of the World: 11,000 Years Ago 214

Epilogue 234
Acknowledgments 239
Notes 241
Selected Bibliography 245
Index 259

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