[[ BOOKS ]] ✫ The Missing Lynx: The Past and Future of Britain's Lost Mammals Author Ross Barnett – Tactical-player.co.uk
The missing Lynx by Ross Barnett is a superb book about the recent in earth terms and indeed current megafauna extinction, and basically how humans are to blame It focuses on several species that used to live in the UK such as the cave hyena I love my natural history so this book is right up my street It s very accessible, and funny, as well as a very sobering read The reintroduction of species is also very much in the news, so this is a very timely read. Britain Was A Very Different Place , Years Ago Home To Lions, Lynx, Bears, Wolves, Bison And Many Megafauna But As Its Climate Changed And Human Populations Expanded, Most Of Early Britain S Largest Mammals Disappeared Will Advances In Science And Technology Mean That We Can One Day Bring These Mammals Back And Should We In The Missing Lynx, Palaeontologist Ross Barnett Uses Case Studies, New Fossil Discoveries And Biomolecular Evidence To Paint A Picture Of These Lost Species And To Explore The Ecological Significance Of Their Disappearance He Discusses How The Britons These Animals Shared Their Lives With Might Have Viewed Them And Investigates Why Some Species Survived While Others VanishedBarnett Also Looks In Detail At The Realistic Potential Of Reintroductions, Rewilding And Even Of Resurrection In Britain And Overseas, From The Successful Return Of Beavers In Argyll To The Revolutionary Pleistocene Park In Siberia, Which Has Already Seen Progress In The Revival Of Mammoth Steppe GrasslandAs Widespread Habitat Destruction, Climate Change And An Ever Growing Human Population Lead Us Inexorably Towards The Sixth Extinction, This Timely Book Explores The Spaces That Extinction Has Left Unfilled And By Helping Us To Understand Why Some Of Our Most Charismatic Animals Are Gone, Ross Barnett Encourages Us To Look To A Brighter Future, One That Might See These Missing Beasts Returned To The Land On Which They Once Lived And Died Wonderful book from start to finish Anyone who is not a scientist need not worry about being bamboozled It is well written in a language most will understand explaining the fate of many animals, now extinct, what we as humans did to cause that and what we must learn in order to be able to live alongside or reintroduce some species It is at times breathtakingly sad, at others very witty but not once does it fail to hold the reader s attention It is a book every person should read in order to allow us to learn to change our ways to stop the destruction of the habitats of many animals and allow some to come back to where they once lived Hope for our future in a book A great book, describing the range of megafauna that have been lost and the techniques used to find out about them The author is clearly very passionate about his subject and has a great deal of expertise, having worked at the cutting edge of research into many of these species.It is striking to realise how much of a difference these beasts would have made to the ecology of prehistoric Britain and Europe, and how little this is taken into account in so many ecological texts. Ross Barnett has a great combination of gifts for writing, for comedy, and for communicating science I have rarely learned so much while laughing so much It reminds me of Bill Bryson and Stephen Fry popular writers who are incredibly erudite He shares their impeccable radar for telling the reader what s relevant and making previously arcane topics, er, topical What was, for me, murky prehistory has suddenly snapped into exciting focus. This new book by DeepFriedDNA twitter handle is a must read for anyone interested in the fate of our faunal history If you ve ever read Ross s posts on twilightbeasts.org blog you ll know he is a science communicator extraordinaire As a kid I had little sense of the scale of time and didn t really distinguish between the time of the dinosaurs and the time of mammoths, woolly rhino etc Working in the ancient DNA field changed all that the loss of these species feels very fresh This sense off recent loss is all the tangible from reading this book It makes me wonder how the next generation will feel about the species we ll continue to lose in our life time Highly recommended read for all age groups and for scientists and non scientists alike. A moving, informative and witty book that shines a light on the amazing animals that once roamed Britain Even as a non scientific lay person I found this book really accessible and tore through it in a couple of days I particularly enjoyed the footnotes that took you off into the bizarre, absurd and just funny links and tangents from links to star wars and the alien trilogy, to the back stories of the early scientific pioneers, to snippy asides about trophy hunters It was a book that inspired, informed and made me laugh And it looks beautiful as well Highly recommend if you have even a passing interest in animals, conservation, British history, extinction. Dr Barnett brings both enthusiasm and knowledge to bear in painting a picture of the extinct megafauna of the British Isles It s not an academic tome, although there is a healthy further reading section with a link to the full bibliography Nor it it a tabloid esque gallop through sensationalised depictions of extinct megafauna as a result, the things that really are awesome stand out And there are plenty.There are of course plenty of beasts that didn t make the cut for the book But a line had to be drawn somewhere and drawing that line at things that shared the British Isles with humans is a pretty good place to set it As a result, it s easy to read the book then look outside, and visualise the ecosystem that used to exist at the bottom of the garden.And that s all you really need from this book to realise that there s so much to British wildlife than deer and birds That s what Dr Barnett delivers.