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Seller: ancientgifts (4,530) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382335009238 The Last Giant of Beringia: The Mystery of the Bering Land Bridge by Dan O’Neill. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Westview Press (2004) 240 pages. The intriguing theory of a land periodically bridge linking Siberia and Alaska during the coldest pulsations of 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 1589. But proof of the land bridge, now named Beringia after the 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 woly mammoths, steppe bison, giant stag moose, dire wolves, short-faced bears, and siber-toothed cats, and for the first humans to enter the New World from Asia. In proving irrefutably that the land bridge existed, Hopkins also demonstrated conclusively that, far from the “polar desert” that many argued it must have been, Beringia provided ample forage for even the teeming herds of Ice Age behemoths that traversed it. The intriguing theory of a land periodically bridge linking Siberia and Alaska during the coldest pulsations of Ice Ages, a path for such prehistoric giants as woolly mammoths, steppe bison, and saber-toothed cats, had been much debated since the idea was first proposed over 400 years ago. But proof of the land bridge (now called Beringia) eluded scientists until an inquiring geologist named Dave Hopkins set himself to the task of solving the mystery. The Last Giant of Beringia tells this fascinating scientific detective story through the life story of the eclectic Hopkins, who rewrote history, and in doing so earned his place as the last giant the land bridge would ever know. CONDITION: LIKE NEW. New and unread (but shop soiled) hardcover w/dustjacket. Westview/Perseus (2004) 240 pages. Inside the book is pristine; pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Outside the book has a little problem. Evidently the book had a "coffee accident" while in the bookstore. It's not a prominent issue, but the lower edge of the front cover, and the lower edge of the spine heel are stained. Inside of course the pages are as described, pristine. The dustjacket likewise was not damaged. But if you remove the dustjacket, you can see a stain at the extreme bottom edge (virtually the underside) of the front cover and the adjacent spine heel. The book is otherwise unblemished except for very faint (almost indiscernible) edge and corner shelfwear to the dustjacket and covers. The condition of the book is entirely consistent with what would otherwise pass as "new", but "shop-soiled" stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, or B. Dalton, for instance) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock (and drink tea or coffee), and so otherwise "new" books often have become slightly blemished and/or show handling/shelf/browsing wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1461g. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Fairbanks resident O'Neill presents a biography of Dave Hopkins (1921-2001), a New England-born geologist who is credited with confirming the existence of the land bridge, now named Beringia, that connected Siberia and Alaska during the Ice Ages. The text is based on taped interviews with Hopkins conducted over a decade by Bill Schneider (U. of Alaska, Fairbanks) and transcribed by O'Neill, and additional recordings with Hopkins conducted by O'Neill in the 1980s. Illustrated with black and white photographs and maps. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is a short but compelling history of a major event in recent geological studies: the final proof in the early 1970s of the onetime existence of the Bering Land Bridge, a long-surmised strip of land that connected North America and Asia in the Ice Age, possibly as early as 14,000 years ago. Starting with the work of a Jesuit missionary in 1589, but focusing on natural historian Dave Hopkins, Alaskan historian O'Neill (The Firecracker Boys) gives an impressive presentation of the 400-year-old debate over Beringia, the name now commonly given to the land bridge over which early humans would have crossed eastward. But O'Neill is equally interested perhaps more so in paying tribute to Hopkins, the scientist whose pioneering archeological and geological studies defined Beringia as a distinctive area and ecosystem and who shaped the direction of modern Arctic studies. Starting with the influence of Hopkins's nature-loving New England mother, O'Neill charts what became a life of "searching for clues of ancient landscapes." He gives clear and compelling summaries of Hopkins's most important work, from his early discovery that deep spots in the Bering Strait were actually canyons and fragments of ancient river valleys, to his final landmark studies indicating that the ecological conditions of the land bridge would have been able to support herds of grazing animals, conditions that also would have permitted the land bridge to be inhabited by humans. This is an impressive portrait of Hopkins, a scientific "giant" whose legacy is as huge as the woolly mammoths that he showed to have ranged throughout Beringia. REVIEW: The captivating story of how geologist Dave Hopkins led the scientific world in proving the existence of the vanished land bridge that once connected Siberia to the New World during the Ice Ages. 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 Jos de Acosta, a Spanish missionary working in Mexico and Peru, first proposed the idea of a connection between the continents in 1589. 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. REVIEW: When vast glaciers grew in the north and extended into the Great Plains during the ice ages that have regularly visited this planet, today's subarctic was bizarrely left mostly unglaciated. Because so much of the earth's water was trapped in the glaciers then, the sea level was considerably lower than today, and a great land bridge stretched from Siberia to Alaska. On it massive animals including mammoths and saber-toothed tigers ranged, and humans migrated together with the game. This land bridge, named Beringia after the arctic explorer Vitus Bering, was the great discovery of New England geologist Dave Hopkins. In this finely researched, elegantly written book, Alaskan historian O'Neill relates a dual story, that of Hopkins, the last giant of the title, and the converging discoveries that led to the articulation of the now-accepted land-bridge theory. With global climate change threatening another ice age in our future, the story of ancient Beringia should interest more readers than just those passionate about Alaska, who will, of course, be enthralled by O'Neill's work. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book is a "must read". While the existence of a prehistoric land bridge connecting Alaska and Asia has been surmised for hundreds of years, it was David Hopkins with his multi-discipline approach who pulled the evidence all together. The book, while giving a detailed yet easy to understand explanation of the reasoning involved, pays tribute to a tremendous individual and his work. While many branches of science are discussed, the writing is concise, easy to understand and never gets bogged down with scientific jargon. O'Neill has a firm handle on the English language, and presents a very readable work. Whether you are researching or reading for pleasure, this book is a very worthwhile endeavor. Don't miss it. REVIEW: This book has a good style, topic, and size. I am not an earth science person but still understood most of this book and enjoyed reading this book. The information was concise without being too dense to understand. It also helped me understand something I remember hearing about in grade school but never thought deeply about. I highly recommend this book as a science narrative! I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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Material: Paper, Title: The Last Giant of Beringia, Subtitle: The Mystery of the Bering Land Bridge, Format: Hardback

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