This title looks at the personalities of those involved in fossil science, from Othniel Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope battling it out in 19th-century Wyoming to the bitter feuds between Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins, to tell the story of the real origins of life.
Man has always been fascinated by fossils, but it is only relatively recently that we have begun to appreciate fully what they actually tell us about the world. Scattered across eternity, the fossil record is our only clue to the vast tracts of "deep time" which precede the advent of humankind. Predictably, the way fossils have been interpreted in the past often tell us more about the personalities involved than it does about prehistory. But is through these personalities, from Othniel Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope battling it out in the wilderness of 19th-century Wyoming right up to the bitter feuds of scientists of the 21st-century, that in the end we have come to learn extraordinary things about the real origins of life on earth.
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Richard Corfield is a Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University. He has been at the forefront of palaeontological innovation for the past decade. This is his first book.
Architects of Eternity by Richard Corfield
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