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Conway Morris, S. (Simon)

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Most widely held works by S Conway Morris
Life's solution : inevitable humans in a lonely universe by S Conway Morris( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this extraordinarily wide-ranging book Simon Conway Morris takes us on a tour of life that encompasses both classic examples of convergence, such as the camera-eyes of octopus and human, and remarkable new work that shows, for example, how ants have developed agriculture independently of us. Embedded in the evolutionary process are both latent inevitabilities and pathways that will be repeatedly explored. Underpinned by DNA, the weirdest molecule in the Universe, guided by a genetic code of staggering effectiveness, the tape of life will in time navigate to such biological properties as advanced sensory systems, intelligence, complex societies, tool-making and culture. So if these are all evolutionary inevitabilities, where are our counterparts across the Galaxy? The tape of life can run only on a suitable planet, and here it turns out that such Earth-like planets may be much rarer than is hoped. Inevitable humans, yes, but in a lonely Universe."--Jacket
The crucible of creation : the Burgess Shale and the rise of animals by S Conway Morris( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solnhofen : a study in Mesozoic palaeontology by K. Werner Barthel( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Origins and relationships of lower invertebrates : proceedings of an international symposium held in London, September 1983 by International Symposium( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The deep structure of biology : is convergence sufficiently ubiquitous to give a directional signal?( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The early evolution of Metazoa and the significance of problematic taxa : proceedings of an international symposium held at the University of Camerino, 27-31 March 1989 by Alberto M Simonetta( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fossils of the Burgess Shale : a national treasure in Yoho National Park, British Columbia by S Conway Morris( Book )

11 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fossil priapulid worms by S Conway Morris( Book )

9 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The runes of evolution : how the universe became self-aware by S Conway Morris( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did human beings acquire imaginations that can conjure up untrue possibilities? How did the Universe become self-aware? In The Runes of Evolution, Simon Conway Morris revitalizes the study of evolution from the perspective of convergence, providing us with compelling new evidence to support the mounting scientific view that the history of life is far more predictable than once thought. A leading evolutionary biologist at the University of Cambridge, Morris came into international prominence for his work on the Cambrian explosion (especially fossils of the Burgess Shale) and evolutionary convergence, which is the process whereby organisms not closely related (not monophyletic), independently evolve similar traits as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches. In The Runes of Evolution, he illustrates how the ubiquity of convergence hints at an underlying framework whereby many outcomes, not least brains and intelligence, are virtually guaranteed on any Earth-like planet. Morris also emphasizes how much of the complexity of advanced biological systems is inherent in microbial forms. By casting a wider net, The Runes of Evolution explores many neglected evolutionary questions. Some are remarkably general. Why, for example, are convergences such as parasitism, carnivory, and nitrogen fixation in plants concentrated in particular taxonomic hot spots? Why do certain groups have a particular propensity to evolve toward particular states? Some questions lead to unexpected evolutionary insights: If bees sleep (as they do), do they dream? Why is that insect copulating with an orchid? Why have sponges evolved a system of fiber optics? What do mantis, shrimps, and submarines have in common? If dinosaurs had not gone extinct what would have happened next? Will a saber-toothed cat ever re-evolve? Morris observes: Even amongst the mammals, let alone the entire tree of life, humans represent one minute twig of a vast (and largely fossilized) arborescence. Every living species is a linear descendant of an immense string of now-vanished ancestors, but evolution itself is the very reverse of linear. Rather it is endlessly exploratory, probing the vast spaces of biological hyperspace. Indeed this book is a celebration of how our world is (and was) populated by a riot of forms, a coruscating tapestry of life. The Runes of Evolution is the most definitive synthesis of evolutionary convergence to be published to date
Atlas of the Burgess shale( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extraordinary fossil biotas : their ecological and evolutionary significance : proceedings of a Royal Society discussion meeting, held on 20 and 21 February 1985 by Royal Society (Great Britain)( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Middle Cambrian priapulids and other soft-bodied fossils from Utah and Spain by S Conway Morris( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deserts( Visual )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Panorama géologique et géophysique de la vallée de la Mort aux Etats-Unis
Jenseits des Zufalls : wir Menschen im einsamen Universum by S Conway Morris( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typhloesus wellsi (Melton and Scott, 1973), a bizarre metazoan from the Carboniferous of Montana, U.S.A. by S Conway Morris( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hoe het leven de dingen regelt : de mens als noodzakelijke uitkomst van de evolutie by S Conway Morris( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Dutch and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taxonomy and paleobiology of some Middle Cambrian Scenella (Cnidaria) and Hyolithids (Mollusca) from western North America by Loren Edward Babcock( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Map of the geology and contours of London and its environs by Robert W Mylne( )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The deep structure of biology is convergence sufficiently ubiquitous to give a directional signal? by S Conway Morris( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve renowned scientists and theologians offer penetrating insights into the evolution dialogue in The Deep Structure of Biology. Each considers whether the orthodox model of evolution is sufficient and offers his/her own perspective on evolution and biology. Essays include: Chance and Necessity in Evolution Green Plants as Intelligent Organisms Canny Corvoids and Political Primates: A Case for Convergent Evolution in Intelligence Social and Cultural Evolution in the Ocean: Convergences and Contrasts with Terrestrial Systems Purpose in Nature: On the Possibility of a Theology
Fitness of the cosmos for life : biochemistry and fine-tuning by John D Barrow( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Interdisciplinary book for scientists interested in the origin and existence of life in our universe
 
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Life's solution : inevitable humans in a lonely universe
Alternative Names
Conway Morris, S.

Conway Morris, S. 1951-

Conway Morris, Simon

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Morris, S. Conway

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Morris, S. Conway (Simon Conway)

Morris, S. Conway (Simon Conway), 1951-

Morris, Simon C.

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Simon Conway Morris britischer Paläontologe

Simon Conway Morris Brits paleontoloog

سیمون کانوی موریس

コンウェイ・モリス, サイモン

サイモン・コンウェイ・モリス

西蒙· 康威· 莫里斯

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English (161)

German (2)

Dutch (1)

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The crucible of creation : the Burgess Shale and the rise of animalsSolnhofen : a study in Mesozoic palaeontologyThe deep structure of biology : is convergence sufficiently ubiquitous to give a directional signal?The early evolution of Metazoa and the significance of problematic taxa : proceedings of an international symposium held at the University of Camerino, 27-31 March 1989The deep structure of biology is convergence sufficiently ubiquitous to give a directional signal?