Extinct North American Megafauna

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

The term “megafauna,” conveys large animals that disappeared by the end of the Ice Ages. Mega is Greek for great, and fauna is Latin for animals. In North America those extinct behemoths included woolly mammoths, giant beavers, saber-toothed cats, and dozens more. Though die-offs were a world-wide phenomenon, Australia and the Americas suffered disproportionately.

North America would be a different place if the following five mammals had not gone extinct: mammoths, saber-toothed cats, camels, horses, and cheetahs. They are keystone species that had wide effects on other life.

What if they were brought back?

Mammoths might have acted very much like elephants, to which they are closely related. Elephants eat trees and shrubs, sculpting their forests and leaving openings for other plants. By comparison, America’s un-manicured forests are scraggly and unkempt. Perhaps mammoths would do a similar job in America. Maybe their ‘management’ would result in fewer devastating forest fires.

This is a situation unfolding in Adam’s Tiger.

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Book III of Adam’s Chronicles moves 500 years into the future. Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to bring back animals and plants—and mankind itself—is nearing its conclusion.

Humans make a small footprint in this renewed world, though ecological disaster is expected from explosive population growth. Changes are in the works, troubles are brewing, and Adam Boatwright worries about the future.

The long-lived geneticist vows to discourage mankind from again ruining the planet. He also takes on a new goal: to make life more robust while improving the platform for future evolution. In doing so, he would bring back animals driven to extinction by early humans, starting with woolly mammoths.

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The Adam’s Chronicles Series.

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Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

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