Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species

By: Jeff Campbell

How did humans contribute to the extinction of Stellar's sea cow and other giant species? History and biology combine for a close look at thirteen megafauna. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781942186045

JLG Release: May 2016


Sensitive Areas: Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life
Topics: Ecology , Megafauna , Extinct animals , Extinction , Biology , Anthropology , Scientific investigations

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The extinctions of giant (both in size and number) species at the mercy of nature and humanity turn out to be a fascinating and jarring lesson for our present. Chronicling the fates of aurochs, moa, passenger pigeons, and sea cows, alongside the unresolved destinies of today’s lions and tigers, this work gazes back
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The extinctions of giant (both in size and number) species at the mercy of nature and humanity turn out to be a fascinating and jarring lesson for our present. Chronicling the fates of aurochs, moa, passenger pigeons, and sea cows, alongside the unresolved destinies of today’s lions and tigers, this work gazes back at evolutionary history through a retrospect that, with the aid of Campbell’s humorous and scientific tone, is truly 20/20. Thankfully, the text’s explorations of these annihilated species are complex and perceptive and go beyond the usual worn conclusion of human-wrought woe. Mixing geology, ethnography, history, zoology, biology, industry, and sociology, Campbell demonstrates how interconnected Earth’s species and societies—human and nonhuman—are. By examining the complex web of evolution through the misfortunes of these lost species, the author drives home that our present is not a final, linear result of history but rather an ever-evolving system that needs care and attention. To that end, a “Call to Action” section laden with resources for the aspiring activist appears at the end; though there is no index, an extensive list of works cited illuminates a path for those who wish to read further. VERDICT Required reading for the budding naturalist and a good pairing for a STEM or history curriculum, too.—Chelsea Woods, New Brunswick Free Public Library, NJ

Book Details

ISBN

9781942186045

First Release

May 2016

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

591.68

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1180L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Paperback

Publisher

Zest

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life

Topics

Ecology, Megafauna, Extinct animals, Extinction, Biology, Anthropology, Scientific investigations,

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