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Inquiry: SHARON LEVY: Once and Future Giants: Ice Age Extinctions

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 12:31pm

At the end of the Ice Age, an amazing number of species large and fantastic mammals went suddenly extinct. For a long time most paleontologists believed it was climate change that caused this mass extinction event. But recently, some scientists began to find evidence that perhaps invading humans wiped out all the mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths  by over hunting them. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome science writer SHARON LEVY who has spent time with scientists on both sides of this hotly contested debate and has also looked into a similar situation in Australia. Is there in fact a “deadly syncopation” in  that every time humans come in contact with large wildlife, the animals rapidly become extinct? Tune in and find out. Levy’s wonderful book is titled ONCE AND FUTURE GIANTS: WHAT ICE AGE EXTINCTIONS TELL US ABOUT THE FATE OF EARTH’S LARGEST ANIMALS.

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