Mammoth

Mammoth

The Resurrection of An Ice Age Giant

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the recent search for the carcass of a mammoth using Soviet-era helicopters, ground penetrating radar, and GPS as tools of the trade as scientists attempt to unlock the mysteries of how this ancient creature lived and died.

Perseus Publishing
No fabled creature of the Pleistocene Era has a more powerful hold on the imagination than does the woolly mammoth. Cave paintings of the giant beasts hint at the profound role they played in early human culture-our Ice Age ancestors built igloo-shaped huts out of mammoth bones and even feasted on mammoth tongues. Eager to uncover more clues to this mystical prehistoric age, explorers since the time of Peter the Great have scoured Siberia for mammoth remains. Now a new generation of explorers has taken to the tundra. Armed with GPS, ground-penetrating radar, and Soviet-era military helicopters, they seek an elusive prize: a mammoth carcass that will help determine how the creature lived, how it died-and how it might be brought back to life.In this adventure-filled narrative, science writer Richard Stone follows two teams of explorers-one Russian/Japanese, the other a French-led consortium-as they battle bitter cold, high winds, supply shortages, and the deeply rooted superstitions of indigenous peoples who fear the consequences of awakening the "rat beneath the ice." Stone travels from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, from the North Sea to high-tech Japanese laboratories, as he traces the sometimes-surreal quest of these intrepid scientists, whose work could well rewrite our planet's evolutionary history. A riveting tale of high-stakes adventure and scientific hubris, Mammoth is also an intellectual voyage through uncharted moral terrain, as we confront the promise and peril of resurrecting creatures from the deep past.

The true story of a daring band of 21st-century mammoth hunters and their fascinating search for the long-extinct beast


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Stone (an editor of Science ) reports on the weather, hubris, competition, and science involved in (non-ancient) mammoth hunting history. Accounts of mammoth hunters in the 19th century begin the volume, which proceeds through present high-tech ventures, including discussion of on-going controversies over cloning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

The author chronicles the recent search for the carcass of a mammoth using Soviet-era helicopters, ground penetrating radar, and GPS as tools of the trade as scientists attempt to unlock the mysteries of how this ancient creature lived and died. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Publishing, c2001
ISBN: 9780738202815
0738202819
Characteristics: xii, 242 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm

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rstucke35 Jan 08, 2013

This book is interesting, but I was hoping for more. It covers some of the scientific and historical information of the mammoth but does so in a scattered way. It also appeared that the author was intending on a much grander final outcome of the project and when that didn't pan out he just threw a bunch of stories together. Overall it is an interesting book but slightly disappointing in the editing and writing.

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