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The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal (Life of the Past) by [Simon J. Knell]

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This is one of the best books, which the reviewer has had a chance to read in the past years. It is strongly recommended to a broad circle of geologists and palaeontologists, as well as to those interested in the history/philosophy/sociology of the modern science. (Zentralblatt Geologie und Palaontologie)

If you want a[n]...entertaining and interesting account of the discovery of knowledge through the analytical, political, and idiosyncratic activities of researchers, The Great Fossil Enigma will serve you well. (Science Magazine)

Simon Knell’s contribution is a coherent and fascinating account of the history of an extinct fossil group. It has good reference notes and a valuable index. It will stand the test of time, but it deserves to be read now. (Earth Science History)

Knell focuses on discussions, antagonisms, diverse conclusions, and a slowly emerging consensus about where these tooth-like structures were located in the animal and to what group of known animals these fossils pertained. Readers will learn how scientists develop ideas and interact with colleagues, and how animosities and cooperative relationships develop and change. . . . Recommended. (Choice)

Simon Knell has written, and written particularly well, the history of our conception and misunderstanding of the conodonts. It is the best semi-popular account of the history of paleontology that I have read since Gould's Wonderful Life. The Great Fossil Engima deserves to be widely read and enjoyed, not just by those who work on conodonts, but by a broad cross-section of paleontologists, geologists and anyone with an interest in our understanding of the natural world. (Priscum)

Simon Knell tells the fascinating story from the early days of discovery up to the present, when conodont affinities continue to stimulate debate amongst the scientific community. . . [he] has . . . beautifully painted [the picture] of the enigma that is the conodont animal.2013 (Geological Magazine)

For those with an interest in conodont paleontology. (The Guardian)

...[A] valuable contribution to the history of science. (thisviewoflife.com) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Excellent and refreshing. . . . This will be the seminal source [on] the interpretation of conodonts and the origin of vertebrates. . . . Among the plethora of history of science books, and especially histories of . . . paleontology and the earth sciences, nothing comes close. (Michael J. Benton University of Bristol)

Quite a remarkable and well-executed story. . . . It should be of great interest not only to conodontologists but to paleontologists in general as well as to everyone interested in the history of science. I cannot think of any other comparable work dealing so thoroughly with the exploration history of a widespread and important fossil group. (Stig M. Bergström Ohio State University) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • Print Length : 500 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07KS9LVR8
  • Publication Date : November 6, 2012
  • File Size : 3528 KB
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press; Illustrated Edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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LIZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. It is not about the conodonts themselves,
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Dean Mulyk
1.0 out of 5 stars A serious miss unless you like science history...
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Bruno Ferré
5.0 out of 5 stars A mettre sous toutes les bonnes loupes binoculaires
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