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The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History (1980)

by Stephen Jay Gould

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Series: Reflections in Natural History (2)

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For better science students, this is a collection of 31 essays on natural history.
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One of the better books on evolution.Gould avoids most of the silly "Creation vs. Evolutionist" rants that most authors fall into. Great book. Great info.
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  Jason--Gray | Feb 14, 2023 |
  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
Collected Essays:

Section 1: Perfections and Imperfections: A Trilogy on Panda's Thumb
The general point of these essays is that it's the obviously odd and approximate solutions that are the most convincing for the case of evolution,
rather than the impressive. Also, Darwin's enthusiasm for orchids makes sense considered this way, since the orchids' contrivances for consuming insects are all adaptations of the structures of normal flowers.
  themulhern | Dec 4, 2020 |
As with Ever Since Darwin, some of these essays have dated a bit over the years, and I don't always agree with what Gould says. But these short pieces do always make for a good read, and there are the typical gems here: Mickey Mouse's neoteny, the Piltdown hoax, the fate of South American marsupials, and "Nature's Odd Couples" stand out for me. ( )
1 vote JBD1 | Feb 27, 2016 |
More of his brilliant columns. ( )
  hcubic | Aug 2, 2015 |
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Prologue: On the title page of his classic book, The Cell in Development and Inheritance, E.B. Wilson inscribedd a motto from Pliny, the great natural historian who died in his boots when he sailed across the Bay of Naples to study the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
Results rarely specify their causes unambiguously. If we have no direct evidence of fossils or human chronicles, if we are forced to infer a process only from its modern results, then we are usually stymied or reduced to speculation about probabilities. For many roads lead to almost any Rome. (from: Senseless signs of history)
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