Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 29, 2010 - Science
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"Lively and fascinating. . . . [Gould] writes beautifully about science and the wonders of nature."—Tracy Kidder

Over a century after Darwin published the Origin of Species, Darwinian theory is in a "vibrantly healthy state," writes Stephen Jay Gould, its most engaging and illuminating exponent. Exploring the "peculiar and mysterious particulars of nature," Gould introduces the reader to some of the many and wonderful manifestations of evolutionary biology.
  

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Contents

Big Fish Little Fish
21
Nonmoral Nature
32
The Guano Ring
46
Quick Lives and Quirky Changes
56
PERSONALITIES
67
The Titular Bishop of Titiopolis
69
Huttons Purpose
79
The Stinkstones of Oeningen
94
Our Natural Place
241
SCIENCE AND POLITICS
251
Evolution as Fact and Theory
253
A Visit to Dayton
263
Moon Mann and Otto
280
Science and Jewish Immigration
291
The Politics of Census
303
EXTINCTION
311

Agassiz in the Galapagos
107
Worm for a Century and All Seasons
120
A Hearing for Vavilov
134
ADAPTATION AND DEVELOPMENT
145
Hyena Myths and Realities
147
Kingdoms without Wheels
158
What Happens to Bodies if Genes Act for Themselves?
166
Hens Teeth and Horses Toes
177
Helpful Monsters
187
TEILHARD AND PILTDOWN
199
The Piltdown Conspiracy
201
A Reply to Critics
227
Phyletic Size Decrease in Hershey Bars
313
The Belt of an Asteroid
320
Chance Riches
332
O Grave Where Is Thy Victory?
343
A ZEBRA TRILOGY
353
What If Anything Is a Zebra?
355
How the Zebra Gets Its Stripes
366
Quaggas Coiled Oysters and Flimsy Facts
376
Bibliography
386
Index
395
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About the author (2010)

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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