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  1. says:

    A book about wonder and a wonderful book The story of the Burgess Shale—from its initial misinterpretation to its reassessment 50 years later—is mind blowing This limestone outcropping which sits at an altitude of 8000 feet in the Canadian Rockies near British Columbia was at euatorial sea level 530 million years ago

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    A decent but certainly out of date book The most interesting section is that regarding the anatomy of the Burgess biota and the historical narrative of Whittington Conway Morris and Briggs is also a highlight The technical details of chapter three might throw some readers off but I found them to be fascinatingUnfortunately most o

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    This book was unlike anything else I'd ever read I suspect because it owes something to the scientific monograph Maybe? Not having ever read a scientific monograph they don't even call them that these days I don't know An

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    “The drama I have to tell is intense and intellectual It transcends these ephemeral themes of personality and the stock s

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    Wonderful bookSome of the science has been overtaken in the uarter century since it was written but mainly in the details not in the main thrust of the arguments And it is very much a long argument if mostly with someone

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    The Burgess Shale is a fossil deposit of importance eual to that of the Rift Valley sites of East Africa in that it provides truly pivotal evidence for the story of' life on earth The shale comes from a small uarry in the Canadian Rockies discovered in the early 20th century by Charles Walcott then a leading fi

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    The Burgess Shale's creatures with their anatomies as striking as bizarre are a perfect illustration of the history of life on Earth just a matter of contingency We are but we could never have been owning our sur

  8. says:

    Wonderful Life is pretty well wonderful If your curiosity about the Burgess Shale or the weird and wonderful beings of the Cambrian period needs sating this book should than do it It is uite dense — Gould may have been a popular science writer but he didn’t dumb it down — but it’s worth the time investmentIt’s true that some of the reconstructions of these beings have been challenged since Gould wr

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    Stephen Jay Gould performs a really unlikely feat in this book; he makes arthropods as fascinating as dinosaurs In fact he makes a subject that could be extra ordinarily dull the process of taxonomic classification of a bunch of ext

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    I'm not saying anything startling or new when I say this book is awesomeSo for one thing it's a book about writing and about mythology and how what we think we know limits what we see and therefore what stories we can tell a problem which Gould addresses both in terms of paleontologists looking at the Burgess Shale and in terms of Gould himself looking at the paleontologists looking at the Burgess Shale So he talks about how Char

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review ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ð Stephen Jay Gould

E remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome. Wonderful bookSome of the science has been overtaken in the uarter century since it was written but mainly in the details not in the main thrust of the arguments And it is very much a long argument if mostly with someone other than me I could have stood to be a bit less tired and distracted when I chugged through it but then I don t have a uiz next period soIf one were actually studying the creatures and evolutionary periods I d think one would want something recent but all the historical background and sidelights on the lives of scientists remain uite pertinentTa L

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Wonderful Life The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone uarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale It hold th. A decent but certainly out of date book The most interesting section is that regarding the anatomy of the Burgess biota and the historical narrative of Whittington Conway Morris and Briggs is also a highlight The technical details of chapter three might throw some readers off but I found them to be fascinatingUnfortunately most of the book is out of date Most of the weird wonders that Gould describes have been taxonomically re evaluated in the previous two decades and technical developments in systematics the concept of stem groups in cladograms now show that much Burgess biota ironically belong closer to the original classifications of Walcott Much of the biota are now considered

review ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ð Stephen Jay Gould

Detail In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of histor. The Burgess Shale s creatures with their anatomies as striking as bizarre are a perfect illustration of the history of life on Earth just a matter of contingency We are but we could never have been owning our survival only to chance in the darwinian sense of the wordIndeed among the multitude of all these organisms since long extinct according to Gould were found alongside the ancestors of the arthropods Pikaia that is the oldest known chordate OUR ancestor then Modify one detail just a single one imagine Pikaia not surviving the Cambrian era and homo sapiens would have never existed at all Looking at these fossils towering at a mere 545 million of years it s all our fragility that

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