The Meaning Of Fossils: Episodes in the History of Palaeontology

Paperback | June 15, 1985

byMartin J. S. Rudwick

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"It is not often that a work can literally rewrite a person's view of a subject. And this is exactly what Rudwick's book should do for many paleontologists' view of the history of their own field."—Stephen J. Gould, Paleobotany and Palynology

"Rudwick has not merely written the first book-length history of palaeontology in the English language; he has written a very intelligent one. . . . His accounts of sources are rounded and organic: he treats the structure of arguments as Cuvier handled fossil bones."—Roy S. Porter, History of Science

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The Meaning Of Fossils is an absorbing history of changing views of what fossils are and how they contribute to an understanding of the history of the earth.

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"It is not often that a work can literally rewrite a person's view of a subject. And this is exactly what Rudwick's book should do for many paleontologists' view of the history of their own field."—Stephen J. Gould, Paleobotany and Palynology"Rudwick has not merely written the first book-length history of palaeontology in the English l...

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The Meaning Of Fossils is an absorbing history of changing views of what fossils are and how they contribute to an understanding of the history of the earth.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6.06 × 0.9 inPublished:June 15, 1985Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226731030

ISBN - 13:9780226731032

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Table of Contents

Preface
I. Fossil Objects
II. Natural Antiquities
III. Life's Revolutions
IV. Uniformity and Progress
V. Life's Ancestry
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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The Meaning Of Fossils is an absorbing history of changing views of what fossils are and how they contribute to an understanding of the history of the earth.