Wonderful Life: Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

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Paperback. Pages: 352 Publisher: Random House UK A masterpiece of analysis and imagination ... It centres on a sensantional 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 MICHAEL STEWART. SUNDAY TIMES 'Gould shows again that he is unique among evolutionists in the subtlety and depth of his thinking about the history of life RC LEWONTIN. NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS He weaves together three extraordinary themes - one palaeontological. one human. one theoretical and historical - as he discusses the discovery of the Burgess Shale....

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High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago. Called the Burgess Shale, it holds the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived - a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in incredible detail. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale might tell us about evolution and the nature of history.

The Darwinian theory of evolution is a well-known, well-explored area. But there is one aspect of human life which this theory of evolution fails to account for: chance. Using the brilliantly preserved fossil fauna of the Burgess Shale as his case study, Gould argues that chance was in fact one of the decisive factors in the evolution of life on this planet, and that, with a flip of coin, everything could have been very different indeed.

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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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