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Mammoths and the Environment

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  • Date Published: September 2013
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107027169
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  • The study of fossilised remains of herbivorous animals, particularly those rare findings with well-preserved gastrointestinal tracts filled with plant remains, is crucial to our understanding of the environment in which they lived. Summarizing 30 years of research, Ukraintseva presents evidence on plants once eaten by Siberia's major herbivorous mammals. The collection of pollen and plant spores from food remains sheds light on the vegetation of these ancient habitats, enabling researchers to reconstruct local floras of the time. This also promotes further insight into the causes of the extinction of various species due to changing environmental conditions and food availability. Providing a history of the research undertaken, the book also includes specific chapters on the Cherski horse and bison, along with the vegetation and climate of Siberia in the late Anthropogene period, making it a lasting reference tool for graduate students and researchers in the field.

    • Summarises thirty years of Siberian research, providing a full history of the research undertaken and enabling a better understanding of the extinction of species due to changing environmental conditions and food availability
    • Features twenty full-page plates with microphotographs of pollen and plant spores collected from the food remains of fossil mammals
    • Presents new and detailed information on the vegetation of ancient habitats, enabling researchers to reconstruct local floras and climates of the time
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    06th Sep 2013 by Elenaheuser

    Russia is a terra of mammoths. A huge herd of mammoths lived here in the remote past. The book Mammoths and the Environment by V. Ukraintseva is the unique encyclopaedia about mammoths` life, their environment and the causes of their extinction. I would recommend this book to all researchers and scientists, exploring the mysteries of flora and fauna of the past and looking for a good substantiated and realistic analysis. It would also be simply interesting to read for all the curious people, caring for their Planet Earth.

    07th Jan 2014 by Gahaynes

    This is an informative and valuable book. Like most books worth owning, it has multiple integrated uses. For example, it is partly a reference work, providing a historical record or early and recent mammoth studies in the north, and it notably provides a fascinating English translation of Otto Herz’s 1901 recovery of the famous Berezovka mammoth carcass. It also provides details about other frozen large mammals from Siberia, including a horse, a bison, and several other mammoths, with expert analysis of paleobotanical data derived from the food remains associated with the carcasses. The second half of the book presents the author’s conclusions about Siberian paleoflora based on pollen, spores, and macrofossils recovered with the frozen carcasses. The author sets forth solidly based characterizations of regional vegetation and climate. Interglacials were dominated by forests and poorly drained landscapes, which led to spatially fragmented populations of the large herbivores, while glacials were dominated by treeless landscapes and the expansion of large herbivore ranges. In the next to last chapter, the author discusses possible causes for the geologically quick extinction of woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, and other taxa, and proposes that fast rates of change in temperature and vegetational responses at the end of the Pleistocene severely stressed the mainly cold-adapted species. The final chapter is a brief summary of the author’s clearly formulated conclusions. The book has numerous tables that mainly show the results of the author’s painstaking pollen analysis, and abundant figures, photographs, maps, and line drawings. I do wish the publisher had invested a bit of effort to improve the printing of some photographs, which could have been easily done with an image-editing program. Overall this easy to read book is highly recommended as an important source of information, some of it summarized from earlier studies but most of it reported here in original form.

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107027169
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 107 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. Some pages of history
    2. Material and methods
    3. The mammoth faunal complex
    4. Solving the mysteries of the Siberian mammoth and its companions
    5. Food remains of fossil herbivorous mammals as indicators of Late Quaternary floras in the North of Siberia
    6. Vegetation and climate of Siberia in the Late Quaternary
    7. Why did the mammoths die out so quickly?
    8. Summary
    Glossary
    References
    Index.

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  • Author

    Valentina V. Ukraintseva, State Biosphere Reserve, Taymyrskiy
    Valentina V. Ukraintseva is Chief Investigator at the State Biosphere Reserve 'Taymyrskiy', Department of Research Investigations, Russia. She has published extensively on mammoths, is a member of the Mammoth Committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences and is also president of the Palynological Section of the Russian Botanical Society.

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