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Aristotle's ladder, Darwin's tree : the evolution of visual metaphors for biological order

Author: J David Archibald
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Leading paleontologist J. David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on humans' perception of their place in nature, offering uncommon insight into how we went from standing on the top rung of the biological ladder to embodying just one tiny twig on the tree of life. He begins with the ancient but still misguided use of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J David Archibald
ISBN: 9780231164122 0231164122
OCLC Number: 863199858
Description: xii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Blaming aristotle --
The roots of the tree of life --
Competing visual metaphors --
Deciphering darwin's trees --
The gilded age of evolutionary trees --
The waning and waxing of darwinian trees --
Three revolutions in tree building --
The paragon of animals.
Responsibility: J. David Archibald.

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J. David Archibald is one of the leading paleomammalogists in the world, and one of the foremost experts on the biotic changes across the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. In this book, he shows a deep Read more...

 
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