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The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal (Life of the Past) Kindle Edition
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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.
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)
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When I first came across this title I read the review by Hymenocallis, which initially gave me pause. However, being a former student of systematics and evolutionary biology who still follows these fields from the sidelines, I persevered, I am glad I did.
With all due respect to Hymenocallis, this is not a book about conodont morphology nor a coffee table book designed to show pretty pictures of small objects. If you want such a book, there are many other publications out there that can satisfy this need.
Actually this book is not really about conodonts at all, or at best it is only marginally about them. Rather, this book is a unique and well-written chronicle about how science works, and more specifically about the dynamic and evolving interplay between paleontological and evolutionary thought. In this respect a reader does not have to have much interest in conodonts or knowledge about them to reap rich insights at many levels, from professional politics to the processes of speciation to the practical use of academic knowlege in the industrial world (a topic, incidentally, which is currently of importance in the biotech industry).
Thumbs up for a difficult and complex story well told!
I author’s well-researched and referenced writing style is easy reading and I would recommend it to all interested in paleontology and its impact on human understanding of earths history
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Une très bonne présentation d'histoire des sciences.