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High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone uarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale It hold th. This book was unlike anything else I d ever read I suspect because it owes something to the scientific monograph Maybe Not having ever read a scientific monograph they don t even call them that these days I don t know Anyway Gould repeated and repeated and repeated the same conclusions over and over and over and over until I was ready to embrace the iconographies of the cone of increasing diversity and the ladder of progress just to spite himDespite that this was an excellent book Gould s thesis is that life did not begin with a single or limited number of organisms who formed the precursors of all modern life ie life got and diverse as time went on In f Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, read I suspect because it owes something to the scientific monograph Maybe Not having ever Homewrecker repeated and Make your own model forts & castles repeated and Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury repeated the same conclusions over and over and over and over until I was How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim ready to embrace the iconographies of the cone of increasing diversity and the ladder of progress just to spite himDespite that this was an excellent book Gould s thesis is that life did not begin with a single or limited number of organisms who formed the precursors of all modern life ie life got and diverse as time went on In f

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Wonderful Life The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Detail In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of histor. Stephen Jay Gould performs a really unlikely feat in this book he makes arthropods as fascinating as dinosaurs In fact he makes a subject that could be extra ordinarily dull the process of taxonomic classification of a bunch of extra old fossils of small suidgy animals into a dramatic and gripping read THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here Imagimorphia really unlikely feat in this book he makes arthropods as fascinating as dinosaurs In fact he makes a subject that could be extra ordinarily dull the process of taxonomic classification of a bunch of extra old fossils of small suidgy animals into a dramatic and gripping The Book of Beginnings read THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete The Homelanders (The Homelanders, review here

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E remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome. Wonderful bookSome of the science has been overtaken in the uarter century since it was written but mainly in the details not in the main thrust of the arguments And it is very much a long argument if mostly with someone other than me I could have stood to be a bit less tired and distracted when I chugged through it but then I don t have a uiz next period soIf one were actually studying the creatures and evolutionary periods I d think one would want something recent but all the historical background and sidelights on the lives of scientists remain uite pertinentTa L The Coquette and the Boarding School recent but all the historical background and sidelights on the lives of scientists Imagimorphia remain uite pertinentTa L


10 thoughts on “Wonderful Life The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

  1. says:

    A book about wonder and a wonderful book The story of the Burgess Shale—from its initial misinterpretation to its reassessment 50 years later—is mind blowing This limestone outcropping which sits at an altitude of 8000 feet in the Canadian Rockies near British Columbia was at euatorial sea level 530 million years ago Its shale has revealed about 150 previously unknown arthropod genera and entirely new species with a

  2. says:

    A decent but certainly out of date book The most interesting section is that regarding the anatomy of the Burgess biota and the historical narrative of Whittington Conway Morris and Briggs is also a highlight The technical details of chapter three might throw some readers off but I found them to be fascinatingU

  3. says:

    This book was unlike anything else I'd ever read I suspect because it owes something to the scientific monograph Maybe? Not having ever read a scientific monograph they don't even call them that these days I don't know Anyway Gould repeated and repeated and repeated the same conclusions over and over and over and over until I was

  4. says:

    “The drama I have to tell is intense and intellectual It transcends these ephemeral themes of personality and the stock stage The victory at stake is bigger and far abstract than any material reward – a new int

  5. says:

    Wonderful bookSome of the science has been overtaken in the uarter century since it was written but mainly in the details not in the main thrust of the arguments And it is very much a long argument if mostly with someone other than me

  6. says:

    The Burgess Shale is a fossil deposit of importance eual to that of the Rift Valley sites of East Africa in that it provides truly pivotal evidence for the story of' life on earth The shale comes from a small uarry in the Canadian Ro

  7. says:

    The Burgess Shale's creatures with their anatomies as striking as bizarre are a perfect illustration of the history of life on Earth just a matter of contingency We are but we could never have been owning our survival only to chance in the darwinian sense of the wordIndeed among the multitude of all these organisms sinc

  8. says:

    Wonderful Life is pretty well wonderful If your curiosity about the Burgess Shale or the weird and wonderful beings of the Cambrian

  9. says:

    Stephen Jay Gould performs a really unlikely feat in this book; he makes arthropods as fascinating as dinosaurs In fact he makes a subject that could be extra ordinarily dull the process of taxonomic classification of a bunch of extra old fos

  10. says:

    I'm not saying anything startling or new when I say this book is awesomeSo for one thing it's a book about writing and about mythology and how what we think we know limits what we see and therefore what stories we can tel