Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the first chapter of "Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History" about?

The book begins with a chapter that focuses first on the original interpretation of life development through analysis of the Burgess Shale and then the subsequent, newer and more correct interpretation.

2. Why is the Burgess Shale acknowledged as the most significant collection of fossils yet discovered?

The fossils in the Burgess Shale grant scientists important opportunities to draw observations and theories about the origins of life.

3. What special insight or perspective does the Burgess Shale offer?

The evolution of life forms and the nature of life are given a unique perspective by the Burgess Shale and its interpretation.

4. What did Stephen Jay Gould desire to use the Burgess Shale for?

Gould proposed to utilize the Burgess Shale as an illustrative tool to explore the nature of history and tie these themes into philosophical ideas as well.

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