Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History is a book on the evolution of Cambrian fauna by Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. Alex Shrugged Stephen Jay Gould passed away in He was Jewish (as am I). He was what is called in some circles a “secular Jew”. He did not practice. Burgess Shale y la naturaleza de la historia – Stephen Jay Gould la nalga del ministro, La vida maravillosa, La sonrisa del flamenco, Acabo.

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Detailed analysis would have to wait for Whittington and his students who studied them carefully. In evolutionary theory, he opposed strict selectionism, sociobiology as applied to humans, and evolutionary psychology. I think that you maraviloosa give him any topic and he can spin you a passable story.

The last couple of chapters are fascinating, if somewhat self-evident in today’s understanding of evolution. Write a customer review. But Gould has an unique talent of developing exhilirating tangents, giving goyld feeling of big picture and suspense. Some of them aren’t arthropods at all. A book about wonder and a wonderful book.

Those Burgess Shale lifeforms that have modern day progeny were lucky. High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed million years ago called the Burgess Shale.

Thus, in terms of the number of unique anatomies, Gould sees decline not expansion. Maravilllosa October Language: She worked with scientists to create clay models of each creature, then sketched it, and created her mural.


Who would argue that HUMAN consciousness is an ordained eventuality, but someone trying to justify a belief in a god or higher purpose? A decent, but certainly out of date book. English Choose a language for shopping. Gould details seven different “what if? This is a book primarily about the abundance of life in that had been preserved in fossils in the Burgess shale. It makes me appreciate just being here and having the opportunity to read wonderful books like Wonderful Life.

That these features proved useful later for something unrelated Gould feels is a contingency.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Product details Paperback Publisher: This limestone outcropping, which sits at an altitude of 8, feet in the Canadian Rockies, near British Columbia, was at equatorial sea level million years ago.

Without that huge asteroid striking 65 million years ago, why would things be different today? No trivia or quizzes yet.

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It is … a thrilling story that Gould tells in a way that no one else could equal. Trivia About Wonderful Life: Gould was a brilliant man, a rare amalgam of top-flight scientist, science writer, and teacher. Science, like farming, is hard work. Gould proposed that given a chance to “rewind the tape of life” and let it play again, we might find ourselves living in a world populated by descendants of Hallucigenia rather than Pikaia the ancestor of all vertebrates.

Essay collections from Natural History.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Even my review is going to be dull, don’t even bother reading it. From the science standpoint, he was a paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian. I don’t know who Des Collins is, I have no idea what a chelicerate arthropod is, and I am clearly not the intended audience!


La Vida Maravillosa

Gould described his later book Full House as a companion volume to Wonderful Life. Wonderful Life is pretty, well, wonderful. Dec 18, Joe Ward rated it it was ok. Jan 03, Max rated it really liked it Shelves: Its shale has revealed about previously unknown arthropod genera and entirely new species with anatomies that would be unimaginable to us today had Charles Doolittle Wal A book about wonder and a wonderful book. Can’t you just tell me instead of making me read through years of correspondence between biologists?

Nov 16, C. There are about Here’s my takeaway message and this may not be right, since I skimmed a lot: Get to Know Us.

Gould Stephen Jay Gould was a prominent American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science.

Thus Gould holds that the fauna we see today, even our own existence, was entirely contingent on unpredictable events. I believe that Whittington’s reconstruction of Opabinia in will stand as one of the great documents in the history of human knowledge. Share your thoughts with other customers.