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Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science


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3rd Edition 2024

Hrsg. v. Scott A. Elias


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Elsevier Science

Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, 3rd Edition 2024

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Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, Third Edition, Five Volume Set, brings together the multidisciplinary expertise needed to understand the history of humans, life, environmental and climate change, and understand what we may expect over the coming decades.

Quaternary Science comprises studies of the physical and biological world during the time of continental glaciations in the last 2.6 million years. This interval is critical to our understanding of the modern world, as the current flora, fauna, and physical environment have been shaped by events in the Quaternary. The Quaternary is the only geological period with one foot in the past and one foot in the present.

Since publication of the previous edition, our understanding of many topics has been revolutionized by new discoveries and new techniques. The development of ancient DNA studies, for example, has revolutionized our thinking about the origins, dispersal, and population dynamics of our ancestors. Every new aDNA analysis from ancient human remains causes the story to become more complex. We are the sole survivors of the genus Homo, yet we harbor genetic fragments from other closely related but long-extinct lineages.

The Quaternary is uniquely situated as a laboratory in which to study the shaping of the modern world, including biotic responses to large-scale environmental change. This new edition of Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science is the most comprehensive account of state-of-the-art research in the field.

Key features

  • Revised and expanded, this new edition brings the science up to date by featuring advances in all the multi-disciplinary aspects of Quaternary science
  • New sections focus on numerical modeling for paleoclimate and ice-sheet reconstructions, which have greatly advanced since publication of the Second Edition
  • A whole new section covers ancient DNA, which has revolutionized our knowledge of human origins and dispersals, plant and animal population genetics, and more
  • The work includes short, structured chapters, which help readers finding the information they need and save time


University and research libraries serving geological science, geography, climatology, evolutionary biology, archaeology and all disciplines relating to Quaternary Science; Governmental bodies and policy makers interested in topics such as environmental change, biodiversity and anthropology

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