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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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.

Thus most Burgess Fossils were not precursors of modern forms. The Burgess fossils come from the Middle Cambrian Period, around million years ago. Gould calls these animals with their diverse anatomies “weird wonders” and explains that their broad proliferation was possible because the middle Cambrian was a time of filling the so-called “ecological barrel.

And that’s when I knew that sedimentology was just as much history as scientific method. He goes into great detail about the features of many unusual specimens to make his case.

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Without that huge asteroid striking 65 million years ago, why would things be different today? The last couple of chapters are fascinating, if somewhat self-evident in today’s understanding of evolution. By framing these ideas as a “revolution” and as a response to an amalgamation maeavillosa opposing beliefs, he condemns the book to instant obsolescence. Showing an extensive mix of body plans and lifestyles.

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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Is this a science book or a diary? And that’s when I knew that sedim Once upon a time, when I was on the path to being a geologist, I carved into the moist depths of a sandstone gorge in Clinton County, Iowa, and watched the sand crumble in my hand.

Retrieved from ” https: Even known arthropod phylums such as trilobites give forms that became lost after this geologic time period.

Historians and paleontologists are a subspecies of historian like all people are often deeply constrained by what they expect to find. Burgess shale oddballs as Gould puts it are breathtaking for any biologist and what they say about the history of earth and life is deeply moving. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Resser from notes that Walcott had never found time to polish and publish.


Who tould argue that HUMAN consciousness is an ordained eventuality, but someone trying to justify a belief in a god or higher purpose? Gould Stephen Jay Gould was a prominent American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was stephne is called in some circles a “secular Jew”.

Thus Gould holds that the fauna we see today, even our own existence, was entirely contingent on unpredictable events. Nov 14, Lauren added it.

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It hold the remains of marwvillosa ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived—a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. The Burgess Shale includes, for example, early representatives of all four major kinds of arthropods, the dominant animals on earth today—the trilobites now extinctthe crustaceans including lobsters, crabs, and shrimpthe chelicerates including spiders and scorpionsand the uniramians including insects.

Wonderful Life has left me with that one interesting thought and two ringing ears. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. She worked with scientists to create clay models of each creature, then sketched it, and created her mural. 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.

Lists with This Book. I wish more creationist’s would take the time to read and absorb whole books like this. Stephrn are not related to other animals and presumably arose independently, from unicellular ancestors.

Chance, or as he puts it “contingency,” not inherent superiority, all too often played the pivotal role in which life forms survived and which equally competent ones did not. They prove that the Cambrian was a time of incredible evolutionary experimentation. Go This book was unlike anything else I’d ever read, I suspect because it owes something viva the scientific monograph.

Gould’s thesis in Wonderful Life was that contingency plays a major role in the evolutionary history of life. This is a fascinating book about science, interpretation, and the sometimes fractious way of development of knowledge.

I will include here a link to HingePointsan article I wrote last year on biblical hermeneutic. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a maravillos.


One could argue that this is because Gould was simply arguing against older methods of depicting phylogeny, rather than the relatively new at the time cladistics, but even these do not generally follow his pattern. 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 case in question is the study of the Cambrian fauna of the burgess shale.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. So he talks about how Charles Doolittle Walcott got everything wrong except for the names–surely some subconscious tingle was telling him these little animals were weirder than he thought they were because he saw what he expected to see when he looked at them. Those Burgess Shale lifeforms that have modern day progeny were lucky. When some fish developed forearm like fins it was for use in water not to colonize land.

Stephen Jay Gould tells us to forget everything we think we know about evolution– the slow, gradual processes, the eternal move upward– and embrace a radically different vision, as reflected in the Cambrian explosion. Also, paleontologists are always correcting each other. Gould regarded Opabinia —an odd creature with five eyes and frontal nozzle—as so important to understanding the Cambrian explosion that he wanted to call his book Homage to Opabinia.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I do not agree with some of his conjectures here, especially about consciousness and intelligence. Shit and that the thinking and teaching of evolution has moved on somewhat since then. Gould’s take on this is one person who “imposed” understanding of the meaning of the fossils versus others who proposed a different explanation. Given what I have read of him, that seems like a reasonable representation.