> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 1 September 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099273455
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

Wonderful Life


Formats & editions


"A masterpiece of analysis and imagination... It centres on a sensantional discovery in the field of palaeontology - the existence, in the Burgess Shale...of 530-million-year-old fossils unique in age, preservation and diversity...With skill and passion, Gould takes this mute collection of fossils and makes them speak to us. The result challenges some of our most cherished self-perceptions and urges a fundamental re-assessment of our place in the history of life on earth"
MICHAEL STEWART, "SUNDAY TIMES'

"Gould shows again that he is unique among evolutionists in the subtlety and depth of his thinking about the history of life"
R.C. LEWONTIN, "NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS"

"He weaves together three extraordinary themes - one palaeontological, one human, one theoretical and historical - as he discusses the discovery of the Burgess Shale, with its amazing, wonderfully preserved fossils - a time-capsule of the early Cambrian seas"
OLIVER SACKS, "MAIL ON SUNDAY"

  • Pub date: 1 September 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099273455
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University and the curator for invertebrate palaeontology in the University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He is the author of over twenty books, and received the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship. He died in May 2002.

Also by Stephen Jay Gould

See all

Related titles