Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Prologue 1

1 Discovering the Last Lost World 4 Radiocarbon Dating and Quaternary Extinctions 44

2 Overview of Overkill 48

3 Ground Sloth Dung and Packrat Middens 58 Giant Meat-Eating Bats? 75

4 Ground Sloths at Home 78 Cryptozoology, Ground Sloths, and Mapinguari National Park 98

5 Grand Canyon Suite: Mountain Goats, Condors, Equids, and Mammoths 100

6 Deadly Syncopation 118

7 Digging for the First People in America: High Stakes at Tule Springs 129

Tricks, Hoaxes, and Bad Science 145

8 Kill Sites, Sacred Sites 148

9 Models in Collision: Climatic Change versus Overkill 165

10 Restoration 179 Unexpected Ramifications of Ecological Change 199

11 Resurrection: The Past Is Future 200 Epilogue 213

References 217

Index 243

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