Gould, Stephen Jay.
WONDERFUL LIFE: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History.
New York Norton, (1989.) Hardcover
Book of the Month Club edition (same size and quality as trade edition). A book about paleontology and fossils and how our understanding of them is shaped by our understanding of life. The Burgess Shale is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago in the Canadian Rockies, which holds the remains of an ancient sea that nurtured more varieties of life than all our modern seas. This book is the story of 2 men, Walcott and Whittington, and how they attempted to interpret these fossils. Ilustrated with line drawings and photographs. 347 pp with index, bibliography and credits. Fine in fine dust jacket. .ISBN # 0-393-027058
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