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The Meaning of Fossils

Episodes in the History of Palaeontology

Second Edition

"It is not often that a work can literally rewrite a person’s view of a subject. And this is exactly what Rudwick’s book should do for many paleontologists’ view of the history of their own field."—Stephen J. Gould, Paleobotany and Palynology

"Rudwick has not merely written the first book-length history of palaeontology in the English language; he has written a very intelligent one. . . . His accounts of sources are rounded and organic: he treats the structure of arguments as Cuvier handled fossil bones."—Roy S. Porter, History of Science

304 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1972, 1976

Biological Sciences: Paleobiology, Geology, and Paleontology

Earth Sciences: Paleontology

History of Science

Table of Contents

I. Fossil Objects
II. Natural Antiquities
III. Life’s Revolutions
IV. Uniformity and Progress
V. Life’s Ancestry
Further Reading

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