WONDERFUL LIFE : THE BURGESS SHALE AND THE NATURE OF HISTORY

WONDERFUL LIFE : THE BURGESS SHALE AND THE NATURE OF HISTORY

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High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale. It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived—a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of history.
"[An] extraordinary book. . . . Mr. Gould is an exceptional combination of scientist and science writer. . . . He is thus exceptionally well placed to tell these stories, and he tells them with fervor and intelligence."—James Gleick, New York Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
A study of the Burgess Shale, a sea bed 530 million years old, and attempts to tackle what the findings are and what it means

Publisher: NEW YORK : NORTON, 1989
ISBN: 9780393027051
0393027058
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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naturalist
Mar 23, 2015

Some references:
http://paleobiology.si.edu/burgess/

http://burgess-shale.rom.on.ca/en/science/burgess-shale/02-geological-background.php

http://www.burgess-shale.bc.ca/discover-burgess-shale/burgess-shale-fossils-and-their-importance

and, new discoveries:
"A new phyllopod bed-like assemblage from the Burgess Shale of the Canadian Rockies"
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140211/ncomms4210/full/ncomms4210.html and news: March 28, 2015: . . . . . and more news: March 28, 2015: . . . “Burgess Shale fossil beds in B.C. reveal ancient ancestor of spiders, lobsters” . . http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/burgess-shale-fossil-beds-in-b-c-reveal-ancient-ancestor-of-spiders-lobsters-1.3012400

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pkendal
Aug 25, 2012

It's a wonderful book, just wonderful. I think Mr Sankey doesn't understand how science works.

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johnsankey
Nov 20, 2010

In view of the previous comment, I was going to just prefix my older review with: "As a lifelong scientist, who has got some things right and some wrong, ". However, editing an old entry erases it! So what follows is what pkendal responded to.

I find it a mystery how such an intelligent gifted writer backed by one of the great universities of the world could get so many things wrong. Virtually every conclusion in this book has been shown to be wrong by later work, both in detail and in general, while lesser writers' work has stood the test of time.

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