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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The Burgess Shale deposits date from the early Cambrian period, roughly million years ago, before the development of creatures “hard parts” that lend themselves more readily to fossilization. Jan 27, Nadine Jones rated it it was ok Shelves: I could have stood to be a bit less tired and distracted when I chugged through it, but then, I don’t have a quiz next period, so.

When the author sinks to the point of defending paleontology proper against its lack of respect among scientists, I’m just aghast at how petty and argumentative this book is. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Write a customer review. Fida most of these phyla left no modern descendants. Gould Stephen Jay Gould was a prominent American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. When Charles Walcott collected specimens of these small, soft-bodied animals, he assumed they were primitive forms of known lineages like arthropods, annelid worms, and trilobites.

If your curiosity about the Burgess Shale or the weird and wonderful beings of the Cambrian period needs sating, this book should more than do it. The Burgess Shale in the mountains of British Columbia is notable for its rich assortment of million year old fossils.


By telling the story of how the Burgess shale came to be interpreted, we not only have a story about life on this planet, but also a story of how scientists work, and how their efforts are constantly subject to revision and flux, especially in a discipline like paleontology in which there isn’t much in the way of experimentation, but there is a lot in the way of history and narrative.

The life forms discovered in the Shale are cause for rethinking life stepheh Earth. You get to write it up and enjoy the goods only after you have ploughed the field all day.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

At least it has sparked my interest in early life and the Cambrian explosion. They form one of the earliest assemblages of soft-bodied creatures from the first era 1’0 multicelled animals. And that’s when I knew that sedimentology was just as much history as scientific method.

Still the phyla determination of many Burgess Fossils remains unresolved.

This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat I think that you can give him any topic and he can spin you a passable story. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Get to Know Us. Want to Read saving…. Learn more about Amazon Prime. This is before he has even begun, and immediately puts me on the defensive. I don’t want to read a book explaining why the earth isn’t flat. None approach the Burgess in richness, but Collins has made some remarkable discoveries, including Sanctacaris, the first chelicerate arthropod. Typical fossils are from shells, bones or teeth, but these were thin residues left on shale stone.


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Books by Stephen Jay Gould. The ultimate theme of the book is still being debated among evolutionary biologists today. Resser from notes that Walcott had never found time to polish and publish. The Burgess shale has many examples of phylums of invertebrates that flat out do not exist anymore. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Maraviplosa.

Gould is a fabulous writer. Sponges are not related to other animals and presumably arose independently, from unicellular ancestors.

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The single real takeaway from the book is the idea that life had the highest degree of morphological diversity at the inception of multicellular life and has since only decreased in anatomical diversity not to be confused with the increase in speciation over time. The animals of the Burgess Shale are mostly not proto-crustaceans as Walcott labeled them.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? But the animals of the Burgess Shale are weird and amazing and beautiful in their own way, and their principles of design are far more imaginative than anything I’ve ever read or seen in science fiction. Indeed, ideas that perhaps few science-minded people hold today.