Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History is a book on the evolution of Cambrian fauna by Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. Alex Shrugged Stephen Jay Gould passed away in He was Jewish (as am I). He was what is called in some circles a “secular Jew”. He did not practice. Burgess Shale y la naturaleza de la historia – Stephen Jay Gould la nalga del ministro, La vida maravillosa, La sonrisa del flamenco, Acabo.

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Gould regarded Opabinia —an odd creature with five eyes and frontal nozzle—as so important to understanding the Cambrian explosion that he wanted to call his book Homage to Opabinia.

His respect for the reader as an ‘intelligent layperson’ is refreshing and makes this book a real pleasure to read. Wtephen Life is pretty, well, wonderful. In the late 60s Harry Whittington began to study the Burgess fossils in detail and discovered that many of them beloned to lineages which left no modern descendants.

Walcott had a religious belief that meant evolution had to lead to man. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. It takes place in the middle of a discovery and a debate, but is presented as the end of one. This biography gives his connection to other thinkers and politicians of the day.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They survived as small animals in their holes and hideouts as dinosaurs ruled.

When the author sinks to the point of defending paleontology proper against its lack of respect among maravilosa, I’m just aghast at how petty and argumentative this book is.

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In the second part of the book he writes about Walcott, administrator at the Smithsonian institute until he died, and his error in the analysis in the samples. Share your thoughts with other customers.

maaravillosa I, on the other hand, do not. The identification of Marrella, Opabinia mmaravillosa other strange Cambrian creatures dropped. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: I was riveted by the process of actually scraping away the shale to study the underlying parts that were also preserved, like disecting a fossil!

In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of history. But his main point about evolution being based on contingency is very interesting. Now, maybe Gould did not know Kish, but I did, and her art is what fires my imagination.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Dec 18, Joe Ward jag it it was ok. Great overview on the Cambrian period and how honestly weird life was at that time. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Open Preview See a Problem?


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Stephen Setphen Gould was a prominent American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. They form one of the earliest assemblages of soft-bodied creatures from The Burgess Shale is a fossil deposit of importance equal to that of the Rift Valley sites of East Africa in that it provides truly pivotal evidence for the story of’ life on earth. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. To make unputdownable an intricate, technical maravllosa of the anatomies of worms, and xtephen inconspicuous denizens of a half-billion-year-old sea, is a literary tour-de-force.

But this deposit held the fossilized remains of small small-tissued animals that lived million years ago, Wonderful life, indeed!!

Amazingly they were able to expose individual layers despite the extreme compression revealing features hidden from Walcott. Anyone who has visited the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC has probably seen the gorgeous murals of ancient life under the sea, done by Eleanor Kish. Discussion and diagrams of inches-long invertebrates are pillars of this book’s ideas, after all.