Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Whittington conclude about Yohoia in 1975?

2. What does Gould strain to emphasize for his audience?

3. What could Whittington not figure out to do about Marrella?

4. After publishing his first monograph, which two graduate students did Whittington employ?

5. What is the Burgess Shale composed of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What dominant paradigm about the Burgess fossils was Whittington pressured to conform to?

2. Why do paleontologists find Opabinia unbelievable and fascinating?

3. What are Marrella and Yohoia in terms of evolution?

4. What did using these new methods allow Whittington's team to do?

5. What was the difference between Simon Conway Morris and Whittington in the way that they worked?

6. What did Whittington find Opabinia to actually be?

7. What did Leif Størmer decide to do in contrast to Walcott?

8. How did Walcott's taxonomy have to be significantly updated?

9. What is the boundary between the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras famous?

10. How did Whittington try to uncover the bodily appendages of Opabinia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 3 examines the levels of the taxonomy of life. Describe four of these levels with examples from each and then explain the system of classification that Whittington used for the Burgess Shale animals. Answer why it is important for paleontologists to classify specimens. Support your argument with at least two logical examples.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 2, the relationship between Burgess fauna and eukaryotic fauna is examined. of the sequential artist and the reader is examined. Examine the different stages of fauna. Answer the following question: What does this relationship express about evolution in general and about the Burgess Shale in particular? Use one of your own supporting ideas to back up your statement, and at least two examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Since a team controls research data, it's important that each member function in unison. Answer the following question: Is the diversity of Whittington's team a strength or a weakness? Discuss three ways in which their diversity is a strength or a weakness. Use material from the entire book to support your examples.

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