Author: Björn Kurtén
What did woolly mammoth taste like? I assume it tasted like chicken, but modern humans may never know. Our Paleolithic forebears had plenty of experience with the beasts, however. They stalked, killed and consumed mammoths with some regularity, possibly contributing to the beasts’ eventual extinction. If pondering the lives of our ancient human ancestors and the wild creatures they lived with tickles your frontal cortex, I can enthusiastically recommend How to Deep-Freeze a Mammoth by Björn Kurtén.
A professor at the University of Helsinki from 1955 until his death in 1988, Kurtén gained some level of notoriety for his unconventional approach to science. His almost eccentric style is readily apparent in this collection of fourteen essays. He explores a variety of paleontological topics, from the birth of the Mediterranean Sea to the search for evidence of humankind’s first appearance in Europe.