Wonderful Life: Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Wonderful Life: Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

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By (author) Stephen Jay Gould

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 22mm | 256g
  • Publication date: 3 August 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099273454
  • ISBN 13: 9780099273455
  • Illustrations note: facsimiles
  • Sales rank: 48,101

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'A masterpiece of analysis and imagination...It centres on a sensational discovery in the field of palaeontology - the existence, in the Burgess Shale...of 530-million-year-old fossils unique in age, preservation and diversity...With skill and passion, Gould takes this mute collection of fossils and makes them speak to us. The result challenges some of our most cherished self-perceptions and urges a fundamental re-assessment of our place in the history of life on earth' Sunday Times.

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"A masterpiece of analysis and imagination...It centres on a sensational discovery in the field of palaeontology - the existence, in the Burgess Shale... of 530-million-year-old fossils unique in age, preservation and diversity...With skill and passion, Gould takes this mute collection of fossils and makes them speak to us. The result challenges some of our most cherished self-perceptions and urges a fundamental re-assessment of our place in the history of life on earth" Sunday Times

Editorial reviews

Winner of the 1991 Science Book Prize, a lively book on evolution that reads like a detective story. Jumping off from the story of the strange fossils found in the Burgess Shale, Gould looks at the debates that have raged round evolutionary theory. (Kirkus UK)