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Hen's teeth and horse's toes

Hen's teeth and horse's toes

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
On cover: Further reflections in natural history.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0393017168 9780393017168 0393311031 9780393311037
OCLC Number: 8954357
Awards: Winner of Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science 1983
Description: 413 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Sensible oddities. Big fish, little fish ; Nonmoral nature ; The guano ring ; Quick lives and quirky changes --
II. Personalities. Three geologists: The titular bishop of Titiopolis, Hutton's purpose, The stinkstones of Oeningen ; Three biologists: Agassiz in the Galápagos, Worm for a century, and for all seasons, A hearing for Vavilov --
III. Adaptation and development. Adaptation: Hyena myths and realities, Kingdoms without wheels, What happens to bodies if genes act for themselves? ; Development: Hen's teeth and horse's toes, Helpful monsters --
IV. Teilhard and Piltdown. The Piltdown conspiracy ; A reply to critics ; Our natural place --
V. Science and politics. Creationism: Evolution as fact and theory, A visit to Dayton, Moon, Mann, and Otto ; Race and creed: Science and Jewish immigration, The politics of census --
VI. Extinction. Phyletic size decrease in Hershey bars ; The belt of an asteroid ; Chance riches ; O grave, where is thy victory? --
VII. A zebra trilogy. What, if anything, is a zebra? ; How the zebra gets its stripes ; Quaggas, coiled oysters, and flimsy facts.
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.
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Yet another in Gould's excellent series of essays

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2021-11-01) Excellent Permalink

Originally written in 2007, reformatted in 2021


This is the third volume of Gould's collections of essays originally written for the magazine "Natural History." Gould liked to bring to a popular audience current findings in evolution and the history of science. He had a liberal/left...
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