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The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History (1980)
by Stephen Jay Gould
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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.
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.
More of his brilliant columns.
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For better science students, this is a collection of 31 essays on natural history.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)575.0162Natural sciences and mathematics Life Sciences, Biology Physiological systems in plants Evolution
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