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 traditionalist attitudes of his day, his personal predilections, and his lack of time to thoroughly study the specimens due to his burgeoning administrative duties at the Smithsonian induced him to “shoehorn” strange and bizarre creatures into established phyla.

Sponges are not related to other animals and presumably arose independently, from unicellular ancestors. This is a pinnacle in popular science writing. Thus most Burgess Fossils were not precursors of modern forms. Return to Book Page. Getting through Wonderful Life was an arduous exercise in critical reading. He looks at the career of Walcott and examines why Walcott felt it was necessary to shoehorn all of the Burgess forms into mmaravillosa progressive theory of ancestry and diversification.

Is this a science book or a diary? Get to Know Us. Given the many mass and lesser extinctions, the dramatic changes in ocean and atmospheric conditions, what features would later became critically important was vkda crap shoot.


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Many were formed by soft bodied creatures never before known. 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. Finally, if you will accept my argument that contingency is not only resolvable and important, but also fascinating in a special sort of way, then the Burgess not only reverses our general ideas about the source of pattern — it also fills us with a new kind of amazement also a frisson for the improbability of the event at the fact that humans ever evolved at all.

Why does it even matter? Normally, when you think of paleontology, you think of dinosaur bones as big as small cars. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from November Pages to import images to Wikidata. He was Jewish as am I. I am very much impressed by him. The only critique I have against the book that it beats a dead horse on the effect of contingency in the evolution of life a bit too much; but maybe in the era it was written it was not that obvious.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould

Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. We came this close put stephfn thumb about a millimeter away from your index fingerthousands and thousands of times, to erasure by the veering of history down another sensible channel. Chapter 4, a brief biography of Charles Walcott, is far more interesting to me, the layperson, than the previous three chapters.


But in true Gould fashion he has drawn broader lessons. Jun 12, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: But Gould has an unique talent maravillosaa de This is a pinnacle in popular science writing.

La Vida Maravillosa

The lobster thingy isn’t a trilobite. Great overview on the Cambrian period and how honestly weird life was at that time.

Some of the science has been overtaken in the quarter century since it was written, but mainly in the details, not in the main thrust of the arguments. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

He did not practice the religion of Judaism in any vvida sense. So I could have never thought a book mainly about taxonomical inferences and anatomical definitions would be one of my favourite books. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But this deposit held the fossilized remains of small small-tissued animals that lived million years ago, Wonderful life, indeed!! 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!