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Showdown on the Burgess Shale

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Stephen Jay Gould published "Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History." His observations on the diversity of fossils found in Canadian shale and made conclusions on evolution. However, many of Gould's interpretations may be flawed. A participant in the research reevaluates and challenges some confusions. Almost a decade ago, Harvard paleontologist and Natural History columnist Stephen Jay Gould published Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History (W. W. Norton and Company, 1989). In addition to chronicling ongoing work on the Burgess creatures, Gould used these fascinating fossils to exemplify his view of evolution. A few months ago, in The Crucible of Creation: The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals (Oxford University Press, 1998), invertebrate paleontologist Simon Conway Morris, of Cambridge University, a key player in Burgess research, challenged Gould's interpretations. We invited Conway Morris to summarize his argument, which we publish here, along with Gould's reply.
Request Code : ZLIBIO3185988
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Year:
1999
Publisher:
American Museum of natural history
Language:
English
Pages:
48-55
Series:
v107 i10

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