Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 1990 - Fiction - 347 pages
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"[An] extraordinary book. . . . Mr. Gould is an exceptional combination of scientist and science writer. . . . He is thus exceptionally well placed to tell these stories, and he tells them with fervor and intelligence."—James Gleick, New York Times Book Review

High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale. It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived—a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of history.

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User Review  - judithskiss - LibraryThing

After reading some Gould on my travels, I came back to the U.S. in search of more of his writings. I found this in a used books store. I hadn't given much concern to paleontology until I read this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

Gould's discussion of the wonderful Burgess Shale, a veritable treasure trove of fossils that have given us a lot of information about the Cambrian explosion. A great read, even if you don't agree with all of his ideas about the shale. Read full review

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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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