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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It is a must read book if you are into popular science. The Burgess Shale deposits date from the marravillosa Cambrian period, roughly million ye I fell in love with dinosaurs when I was 8, about the time I fell in love with horses.

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Gould does cut Walcott some slack noting that he had numerous high level administrative duties and that while a prolific collector he never had the time to spend with his specimens to adequately analyze them. 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.

Read before seeing the Smithsonian or pick it up there. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I’d heard about the paleontological discoveries in the Burgess Shale in Canadian Rockiesbould described in the earky s and then re-analyzed with startlingly gold results in the s and s.


Two examples, from chapter 2: Most arthropods now only have about 4 different body types. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

La Vida Maravillosa

On top of all that, this book and I started off on the wrong foot, with the first sentences of the first chapter: Anyway, Gould repeated and repeated and repeated the same conclusions over and over and over and over, until I was ready to embrace the iconographies of the cone of increasing diversity and the ladder of progress just to spite him.

The writing is drab and textbook-esque, interspersed with uninhibited editorializing and grand claims. Once, it was thought that these animals were only simpler versions of modern animals, however, extended study of these animals found the animals to be several times more diverse than any faunal assemblage today. Books by Stephen Jay Gould. I believe that Whittington’s reconstruction of Opabinia in will stand as one of the great documents in the history of human knowledge.

The Burgess Shale in the mountains of British Columbia is notable for its rich assortment of million year old fossils.

You get to write it up and enjoy the goods only after you have ploughed the field all day. The life forms discovered in the Shale are cause for rethinking life on Earth. However most of these phyla left no modern descendants. Share your thoughts with other customers. Many were formed stelhen soft bodied creatures never before known. Not having ever read a scientific monograph they don’t even call them that these daysI don’t know.


His passion for paleontology and the story of life resonate from every page.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Stephen Jay Gould performs a really unlikely feat in this book; he makes arthropods as fascinating as dinosaurs! Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. He then considers the what maravillosa questions that evolu This is a book primarily about the abundance of life in that had been preserved in fossils in the Burgess shale.

This book was unlike anything else I’d ever read, I suspect because it owes something to the scientific monograph. View all 12 comments.

Now that is writing genius. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. If your curiosity about the Burgess Shale or the weird and wonderful beings sfephen the Cambrian period needs sating, this book should more than do it. The paleontologist and his graduate student collaborate with the other graduate student who gets left out of the picture in the mythology ste;hen because he doesn’t fit the false binary to completely re-form our understanding of the evolution of multicellular life on Earth.

Gould gives his biography on Walcott.