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Wonderful life : the Burgess Shale and the nature of history

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Explains why the diversity of the Burgess Shale is important in understanding our past and evolution.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0393027058 9780393027051
OCLC Number: 18983518
Awards: Winner of Rhone Poulenc General Prize for Science Books 1991.
Description: 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The iconography of an expectation --
A background for the Burgess shale --
Reconstruction of the Burgess shale toward a new view of life --
The burgess drama --
Walcott's vision and the nature of history --
Possible worlds: the power of "just history."
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.

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The story of how the Burgess Shale came to be, of its creatures, attempts to classify them, and where they fit into the scheme of evolution is one of the greatest stories--and one of the hottest  Read more...

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There is no question about the historical importance of the Burgess Shale, and Gould is right when he says that it deserves a place in the public consciousness along with big bangs and black holes. . Read more...

 
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