Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

By Stephen Jay Gould

Synopsis:  “[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

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.

Winner of the 1991 Rhône-Poulenc Prize for Science Books

Published: September 1990 | ISBN-13: 978-0393307009

Unofficial Author’s Homepage: http://www.stephenjaygould.org/
Official Author’s Homepage: http://www.sjgarchive.org/

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