Lifes Splendid Drama: Evolutionary Biology and the Reconstruction of Lifes Ancestry, 1860-1940 Peter J. Bowler

ISBN: 9780226069227

Published: May 22nd 1998

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540 pages


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Lifes Splendid Drama: Evolutionary Biology and the Reconstruction of Lifes Ancestry, 1860-1940  by  Peter J. Bowler

Lifes Splendid Drama: Evolutionary Biology and the Reconstruction of Lifes Ancestry, 1860-1940 by Peter J. Bowler
May 22nd 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 540 pages | ISBN: 9780226069227 | 3.48 Mb

The story of lifes splendid drama has captivated generations of the general public, just as it has intrigued biologists, especially those who began to try to solve evolutionary puzzles in the years immediately after the publication of Darwins MoreThe story of lifes splendid drama has captivated generations of the general public, just as it has intrigued biologists, especially those who began to try to solve evolutionary puzzles in the years immediately after the publication of Darwins Origin of Species in 1859.

Yet histories of the Darwinian revolution have paid far more attention to theoretical debates and have largely ignored the researchers who struggled to comprehend the deeper evolutionary significance of fossil bones and the structures of living animals. Peter J. Bowler recovers some of this lost history in Lifes Splendid Drama, the definitive account of evolutionary morphology and its relationships with paleontology and bio-geography.Intriguing and insightful.—William Kimler, American Scientist[A] volume of impressive scholarship and extensive references.—Library JournalOne of Bowlers best.—Kevin Padian, Nature[Bowlers] comprehensive review of the various debates and ideas in taxonomy, morphology, and vertebrate evolution .

. . deserves the attention of biologists and other scholars interested in the history of ideas.—ChoiceThe persistence of pre-Darwinian modes of thought in contemporary biology underlines the importance of Bowlers book. Its value is not only in the history it provides, but also in the way it illumines the present.—Peter J. Causton, Boston Book Review



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