This book presents the multidisciplinary results of an extensive underwater excavation in north Florida. This yielded the most complete results of interactions between early Paleoindians and late Pleistocene megafauna, in a rich environmental context in eastern North America. The data provides fundamental insights into "the Peopling of the Americas" and "The Extinction of the Megafauna". An excellent color photo section expresses the uniqueness of this project. …mehr
This book presents the multidisciplinary results of an extensive underwater excavation in north Florida. This yielded the most complete results of interactions between early Paleoindians and late Pleistocene megafauna, in a rich environmental context in eastern North America. The data provides fundamental insights into "the Peopling of the Americas" and "The Extinction of the Megafauna". An excellent color photo section expresses the uniqueness of this project.
During four decades of service to the Florida Museum of Natural History, David Webb led paleontological excavations at two dozen major sites within the Late Cenozoic Era. Some of these, including the Aucilla River Prehistory Project, involved unique SCUBA excavations yielding extraordinary wet-site preservation. Professor Webb served as President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Guggenheim Fellow in western Europe, Visiting Professor of Geology at Yale University, and Distinguished Visiting Curator at the Field Museum in Chicago. He has conducted field work in Central and South America, Africa, China and Australia. He has edited or authored six books, and written some 200 scientific papers. Outstanding specialists from other leading universities, U of Colorado, Columbia, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Santa Cruz, Stanford, and Texas have lent their expertise to this extraordinary project.
Foreword By Robin C. Brown Preface By S. David Webb Chapter 1 Underwater Excavation Methods By Joseph M. Latvis and Irvy R. Quitmyer SECTION A: GEOLOGY Chapter 2 Geography and Geomorphology of the Aucilla River Region By Joseph F. Donoghue Chapter 3 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation By David C. Kendrick Chapter 4 Carbon Dates By S. David Webb and James S. Dunbar Chapter 5 Pleistocene-Holocene Climate Change: Chronostratigraphy and Geoclimate of the Southeast United States By James S. Dunbar SECTION B: PALEOBOTANY Chapter 6 Setting the Stage: fossil Pollen, Stomata and Charcoal By Barbara C. S. Hansen Chapter 7 Paleoenvironmental Aspects of the Macrophytic Plant Assemblage By Lee A. Newsom SECTION C: LATE PLEISTOCENE EVIDENCE Chapter 8 Vertebrate Paleontology By S. David Webb and Erika Simons Chapter 9 Non-marine Mollusca By Kurt Auffenberg, Irvy R. Quitmyer, James D. Williams and Douglas S. Jones Chapter 10 Mastodon (Mammut americanum) Diet and Foraging Patterns Based on Paleofecal Material By Lee A. Newsom and Mathew C. Mihlbachler Chapter 11 Mastodon Tusk Recovery By S. David Webb Chapter 12 Five Years in the Life of an Aucilla Mastodon By Daniel C. Fisher and David L. Fox Chapter 13 The Biogeochemistry of the Aucilla River Fauna By Kathryn A. Hoppe and Paul L. Koch Chapter 14 Paleoindian Archaeology By James S. Dunbar SECTION D: EARLY HOLOCENE EVIDENCE Chapter 15 Terrestrial Soil or Submerged Sediment?: The early Archaic at Page-Ladson By Sylvia Scudder Chapter 16 Early Holocene Vertebrate Paleontology By Tanya Peres and Erika Simons Chapter 17Biogenic Silica as an Environmental Indicator By Russ McCarty and Larry Schwandes Chapter 18 Early Archaic Archaeology By Brinnen C. Carter and James S. Dunbar Chapter 19 Bolen Hearths By Mark P. Muniz and C. Andrew Hemmings SECTION E: CONCLUSIONS Chapter 20 Paleoindian Land Use By James S. Dunbar Chapter 21 Conclusions By S. David Webb
From the reviews:
"A monument of interdisciplinary scientific analysis and reporting, and absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in the early human settlement of the Americas." David G. Anderson, Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA.
"An excellent array of interdisciplinary studies conducted at an important site offering new and exciting clues on the origins of the First Americans" Dr. Stanford, Dept. of Archeology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
"This impressive volume represents the culmination of over 20 years of underwater archaeological and paleontological research on one of the most significant Paleoindian sites in the southeastern United States. ... The many important contributions in this volume have made tremendous progress toward that goal. ... I highly recommend First Floridians and Last Mastodons to anyone interested in Paleoindian archaeology, late Pleistocene paleontology, or Quaternary paleoecology and climate change. It is certain to become an important reference work in those fields." (Gary S. Morgan, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 15, 2008)
"This collective, edited work represents the culmination of 20 years of research, collection, and management of one of the most productive, underwater paleontological sites in the southeastern US ... . The book is a fine addition to the library for those of us concerned with Pleistocene and Holocene aspects of the fossil record. ... Certainly the book will appeal to academics, scientists and researchers in the fields of geology, paleontology, archaeology, biology, and ecology." (D. M. Jarzen, AASP Newsletter, Vol. 41 (3), 2008) …mehr
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