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The panda's thumb : more reflections in natural history

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1992, ©1980.
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A collection of essays by reknown scientist Jay Stephen Gould drawn from his columns in Natural History. The essays deal with topics such as: evolutionary opportunism (nature is a tinkerer, making the most of what's available in the course of adapting to the environment); new information on Darwin and his contemporaries; racism and cultural relativism; the evolutionary pattern of sudden rapid change; the origin of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0393308197 9780393308198
OCLC Number: 28276654
Notes: "First published as a Norton pbk. 1980; reissued 1992"--Title page verso.
Awards: National Book Award, 1981
Description: 343 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue --
[pt]. 1. Perfection and imperfection : a trilogy on a panda's thumb --
1. The panda's thumb --
2. Senseless signs of history --
3. Double trouble --
[pt. 2]. Darwiniana --
4. Natural selection and the human brain : Darwin vs. Wallace --
5. Darwin's middle road --
6. Death before birth, or a mite's nunc dimittis --
7. Shades of Lamarck --
8. Caring groups and selfish genes --
[pt]. 3. Human evolution --
9. A biological homage to Mickey Mouse --
10. Piltdown revisited --
11. Our greatest evolutionary step --
12. In the midst of life --
[pt]. 4. Science and politics of human differences --
13. Wide hats and narrow minds --
14. Women's brains --
15. Dr. Down's syndrome --
16. Flaws in a Victorian veil. [pt. 5]. The pace of change --
17. The episodic nature of evolutionary change --
18. Return of the hopeful monster --
19. The Great Scablands debate --
20. A quahog is a quahog --
[pt]. 6. Early life --
21. An early start --
22. Crazy old Randolph Kirkpatrick --
23. Bathybius and Eozoon --
24. Might we fit inside a sponge's cell --
[pt]. 7. They were despised and rejected --
25. Were dinosaurs dumb? --
26. The telltale wishbone --
27. Nature's odd couples --
28. Sticking up for marsupials --
[pt]. 8. Size and time --
29. Our allotted lifetimes --
30. Natural attraction : bacteria, the birds and the bees --
31. Time's vastness --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.

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