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Mammoths, Mastodonts, and Elephants: Biology, Behavior and the Fossil Record (Paperback)
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Mammoths, Mastodonts, and Elephants: Biology, Behavior and the Fossil Record (Paperback)

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Paperback 428 Pages / Published: 28/05/1993
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The diminishing populations of African and Asian elephants call to mind the extinctions of other elephantlike species, such as mammoths and mastodons, that occurred more than 10000 years ago. The purpose of this book is to examine the ecology and behaviour of modern elephants to create models for reconstructing the lives and deaths of extinct mammoths and mastodons. The sources for these models are long-term continuing studies of elephants in Zimbabwe, Africa. These models are clearly described with respect to the anatomical, behavioural, and ecological similarities between past and present proboscideans. The implications of these similarities for the lives and deaths of mammoths and mastodons are explored in detail. The importance of this book is primarily its unifying perspective on living and extinct proboscideans: The fossil record is as carefully examined as is the natural history of surviving elephants. Dr Haynes's studies of the situations in which African elephants die (sometimes in great numbers) are unique and can provide crucial insights into ancient proboscidean bone collections.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521456913
Number of pages: 428
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The book is well written, with illusions and tables provided to support important conclusions.' Science
'Of greatest value for paleontologists and archaeologists, but advanced undergraduates interested in the techniques of historical sciences could read it profitably.' Choice
' ... an enthralling book which anyone interested in elephants or mammoths will enjoy.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'The scholarly title obscures the real topic. In fact, this volume is a brilliant murder mystery.' Scientific American
"...well written, with illustrations and tables provided to support important conclusions. The bibliography alone is an excellent resource, and many researchers will use the information on growth patterns and age determination provided in the appendix. This book does not purport to solve the mystery of late Pleistocene extinction. It does offer a reasonable scenario for mammoth extinction that is consistent with the wealth of new information provided concerning modern elephant behavior and mortality." Paul Koch, Science
"...an enthralling book which anyone interested in elephants or mammoths will enjoy." S.K. Eltringham, Times Higher Education Supplement
"The scholarly title obscures the real topic. In fact, this volume is a brilliant murder mystery." Scientific American
"Haynes's observations on behavior and mortality of African elephants under different conditions of environmental stress, collected with the fossil record in mind, are a unique and extremely valuable contribution." American Anthropology
"...condenses a huge amount of factual information, thus making it indispensable for vertebrate biologists, paleontologists, archaeologists, and anyone interested in the life and death (and probably impending doom) of one of nature's remarkable giants..." Quarterly Review of Biology
"...interesting, clearly written, and based on extensive personal observations, as well as a survey of the pertinent literature...demonstrates the advantage of carrying out field studies on modern elephants when interpreting mammoth and mastadon bone deposits: the present can indeed be a useful key to the past." C.R. Harrington, Global Biodiversity
"...does a superb job bringing his actualistic studies to bear on the interpretation of archaeological and paleontological sites...[a] great wealth of data, ideas, and thoughtful and provocative interpretations that amply reward readers...." David J. Meltzer, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal
"...Because of ongoing research and much current interest in issues and disciplines touched by this volume, it appearance is extraordinarily timely." Jeffrey J. Saunders, Plains Anthropologist

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