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The Crucible of Creation: The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals

By: Simon Conway Morris (Author)

242 pages, 4 col plates, b/w photos, 90 illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Oct 1999 | #100978 | ISBN: 0192862022
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Hardback | Dec 1998 | #67061 | ISBN: 0198502567
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About this book

Challenging the views of scientists including Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins, this confrontational book takes us on a journey back in time through the Burgess Shale - the astonishing collection of pre-Cambrian creatures so different from everything now living that many rank as separate trunks of life's tree. In an entertaining and readable style, Morris presents a vivid picture of a critical period in the history of life which saw the diversification of all major animal groups.

'tells a great story and manages to be informative at all levels. New Scientist spiritually uplifting THES The centerpiece of The Crucible of Creation is a descripion, authoritative and readable, of the animals themselves New York Times Book Review


Contents

INTRODUCTION; 1. SETTING THE SCENE; 2. THE DISCOVERY OF THE BURGESS SHALE; 3. JOURNEY TO THE BURGESS SHALE; 4. THE SEARCH FOR NEW BURGESS SHALES; 5. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BURGESS SHALE; 6. THE ORIGIN OF PHYLA; 7. OTHER WORLDS; 8. THE LAST WORD; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; APPENDIX 1: FURTHER READING; APPENDIX 2: EXHIBITIONS; APPENDIX 3: LOCALITIES; GLOSSARY; INDEX


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