The Crucible of Creation : The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals, Paperback

The Crucible of Creation : The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals Paperback


'tells a great story and manages to be informative at all levels. Conway Morris has a collector's eye for the sort of entertaining yet informative snippets that keep readers on their toes.' New Scientist Located in the west of Canada, the Burgess Shale contains a unique collection of fossil remains, and has become an icon for those studying the history of life.

This remarkable book takes us on a fresh journey back in time through the Burgess Shale and its astonishing collection of pre-Cambrian creatures.

In an entertaining and readable style, Simon Conway Morris paints a vivid picture of the critical period which saw the diversification of all the major animal groups, and takes a controversial stance on current evolutionary theories that is sure to provoke much interest and debate. 'It is less bleak in its assessment of life on earth and it is spiritually uplifting, rather than dry and mechanistic as some would have us believe' THES 'The centerpiece of The Crucible of Creation is a description, authoritative and readable, of the animals themselves.

New York Times Book Review


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 4 colour plates, halftones, line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Prehistoric archaeology
  • ISBN: 9780192862020



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