The Last Giant of Beringia: The Mystery of the Bering Land Bridge

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Basic Books, Apr 29, 2009 - Nature - 240 pages
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The intriguing theory of a land bridge linking Siberia and Alaska during the coldest pulsations of the Ice Ages had been much debated since the idea was first proposed in 1589. But proof of the land bridge-now named Beringia after eighteenth-century Danish explorer Vitus Bering-eluded scientists until an inquiring geologist named Dave Hopkins emerged from rural New England and set himself to the task of solving the mystery. This compelling blend of science, biography, and history follows the life story of the eclectic Hopkins as he solves this mystery-and creates an international stir that solidified his place in history. An account that is both thrilling and accessible, The Last Giant of Beringia is popular science writing at its best.
 

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Follows the life of David Hopkins, a geologist, whose curiosity and leadership resulted in a large, collaborative effort among scientists from many disciplines to propose, debate and discuss the ... Read full review

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(#47 in the 2007 book challenge) This worked out well for a bargain bin purchase. It's like a tribute to Dave Hopkins, the scientist who figured out how the land bridge thing worked. All the science ... Read full review

Contents

Note on Sources
2 The Ice Age
3 Hebes son
6 Something going on
8 A simultaneous equation
9 Writing the bible
11 Mammoth fauna
12 Soil from maars
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13 The first Americans
14 The first of the first
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Dan O'Neill is the author of A Land Gone Lonesomeand The Last Giant of Beringia. He was named Alaska Historian of the Year by the Alaska Historical Society for The Firecracker Boys. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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