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The meaning of fossils : episodes in the history of palaeontology

Author: M J S Rudwick
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : University of Chicago Press edView all editions and formats
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"An absorbing history of changing views of what fossils are and how they contribute to an understanding of the history of the earth. Rudwick makes ample use of primary sources ranging in time from the first book with illustrations of fossils (1565) to O.C. Marsh's study of horse evolution in the 1870s. He documents the first attempts to collect groups of fossils, determine whether they were the remains of organisms,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M J S Rudwick
ISBN: 0226731030 9780226731032
OCLC Number: 11574066
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Science History Publications. 2nd. ed. 1976.
Description: 287 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: I. Fossil objects --
II. Natural antiquities --
III. Life's revolutions --
IV. Uniformity and progress --
V. Life's ancestry.
Responsibility: Martin J.S. Rudwick.
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"An absorbing history of changing views of what fossils are and how they contribute to an understanding of the history of the earth. Rudwick makes ample use of primary sources ranging in time from the first book with illustrations of fossils (1565) to O.C. Marsh's study of horse evolution in the 1870s. He documents the first attempts to collect groups of fossils, determine whether they were the remains of organisms, relate the fossils to their surrounding rock strata, and integrate fossil evidence into the concept of evolution"--Back cover.

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