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Wild New World: The Epic Story of Animals and People in America
Wild New World: The Epic Story of Animals and People in America | Dan Flores
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In 1908, near Folsom, New Mexico, a cowboy discovered the remains of a herd of extinct giant bison. By examining flint points embedded in the bones, archeologists later determined that a band of humans had killed and butchered the animals 12,450 years ago. This discovery vastly expanded America's known human history but also revealed the long-standing danger Homo sapiens presented to the continent's evolutionary richness.Distinguished author Dan Flores's ambitious history chronicles the epoch in which humans and animals have coexisted in the "wild new world" of North America--a place shaped both by its own grand evolutionary forces and by momentous arrivals from Asia, Africa, and Europe. With portraits of iconic creatures such as mammoths, horses, wolves, and bison, Flores describes the evolution and historical ecology of North America like never before.The arrival of humans precipitated an extraordinary disruption of this teeming environment. Flores treats humans not as a species apart but as a new animal entering two continents that had never seen our likes before. He shows how our long past as carnivorous hunters helped us settle America, initially establishing a coast-to-coast culture that lasted longer than the present United States. But humanity's success had devastating consequences for other creatures. In telling this epic story, Flores traces the origins of today's "Sixth Extinction" to the spread of humans around the world; tracks the story of a hundred centuries of Native America; explains how Old World ideologies precipitated 400 years of market-driven slaughter that devastated so many ancient American species; and explores the decline and miraculous recovery of species in recent decades.In thrilling narrative style, informed by genomic science, evolutionary biology, and environmental history, Flores celebrates the astonishing bestiary that arose on our continent and introduces the complex human cultures and individuals who hastened its eradication, studied America's animals, and moved heaven and earth to rescue them. Eons in scope and continental in scale, Wild New World is a sweeping yet intimate Big History of the animal-human story in America.
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Chelsea.Poole
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I‘m on the fence. Parts of this were intriguing and new to me, but much of what‘s covered wasn‘t. I was pretty invested in the prehistory sections but there‘s much we don‘t know about this period so I appreciate that Flores can‘t write about what we don‘t yet know. Heavily focused on the truly barbaric and heartbreaking history of humans massacring animals which I found hard to read. Hopefully we‘ve turned a corner. Audio isn‘t the best, low pick.

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Hooked_on_books
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I think this book is largely about the pressures, from small to cataclysmic, that have impacted animal populations. The reason I‘m not sure is that I feel that the central thesis of this book got lost. It does contain some interesting facts, but mostly it‘s ground I‘ve found covered in other books. And the audiobook has some issues.

Chelsea.Poole I am listening to this now and I agree with your review. 2mo
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REPollock
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I had to stop because the audiobook reader began to attempt various bad British accents as direct quotes from historical figures began to appear, and I just couldn‘t take it seriously anymore.

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#BLR24 #BigLibraryRead

May 9-23, 2024

Unlimited downloads on #Libby!!!

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KadaGul Thank you 🙏for sharing this. I started a book 📚 club, while people 👥 love 🥰discussing books 📚 in person 👤, it's been difficult for them to make it to the physical meetings. So, I decided to explore 🔍 libraries 📚 in other cities, counties, or states to connect with other book 📚 clubs virtually 🌐. Although virtual🌐 book 📚 clubs have become more common during the pandemic,they are still less common than in-person ones.#VirtualBookclub 2mo
CrowCAH @KadaGul you‘re super welcome ☺️ If BLR still does what they did when I made posts for each book on Litsy, they host a big library read twice a year. I never knew there were virtual book clubs, so neat! (Other than on Litsy with the readalongs) I hope you have good discussion with this one! 2mo
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