Firestone, Richard, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith. The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization. Rochester, Vt.: Bear & Co., 2006. Paperback, 392 pp.
Availing themselves of various sciences and mythology, the authors of this volume postulate a cosmic event—a supernova—that occurred 41,000 years ago and culminated some 13,000 years ago in sudden warming and the fifth mass extinction. Like other investigators, they believe that humanity remembers this catastrophe in its legends.
They present the available evidence in a systematic fashion, which makes it easy to follow their argument. This well-written book reads like a captivating detective story and, in my view, is the best available popular account of the great ice-age calamity that significantly shaped humanity’s cultural evolution.
See also Paul A. LaViolette, Earth Under Fire: Humanity’s Survival of the Ice Age.
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