In Search of Deep Time

Cladistics the science of comparison is transforming the way paleontologists view evolution In Search of Deep Time strips away conventional assumptions about the evolution of life to reveal a world that may be far stranger and humbling than had been previously imagined The concept of deep time was first used by John McPhee to describe intervals of time incomprehenCladistics the science of comparison is transforming the way paleontologists view evolution In Search of Deep Time strips away conventional assumptions about the evolution of life to reveal a world that may be far stranger and humbling than had been previously imagined The concept of deep time was first used by John McPhee to describe intervals of time incomprehensibly greater than our daily experience Henry Gee explains the rise of cladistics as the best technique for making sense of the organic changes that unfold within deep time.
In Search of Deep Time Cladistics the science of comparison is transforming the way paleontologists view evolution In Search of Deep Time strips away conventional assumptions about the evolution of life to reveal a world th

  • Title: In Search of Deep Time
  • Author: Henry Gee
  • ISBN: 9780801487132
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “In Search of Deep Time”

    1. Goddamn it. I liked the book, and he turns out to be a doxxer. ***Although parts of the book were written over 20 years ago, and so the contents are not revolutionary, Gee still kept me spellbound. Some of the best non-fiction writing I've ever had the pleasure to read.

    2. We tend to think of evolution as being about the world farting around until it worked out how to make us - the perfect animal. This book cures misunderstandings of this kind.If you think you know what evolution is about, you should read this book to see just how wrong you can be.

    3. This is a fabulous book that clearly impresses upon one just how much time we're talking about when we talk about fossils and the history of Earth. Great discussion of cladistics--a system of classification--and why the family tree one learns (or learned?) in grade school is misleading.

    4. Will inform you on current Paleontological thought. Stress the futility of story telling about fossils. Deep Time is a concept that helps convey the staggering lengths of geologic time. Recovered fossils are so distant and distinct from each other that speculations about Their ecology is almost necessarily wrong. Changed my thoughts on this subject.

    5. One of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. And I read A LOT. Henry Gee has a great writing style, but have your favourite search engine on hand- you'll need it for his exhaustive knowledge of scientific species names. He has one of the best combinations of science and narrative I've ever seen. I can't wait to read more by Henry Gee!

    6. I love Henry's writing. He's super intelligent, hysterically funny and Deep Time is on one of my favorite topics, evolution. I emailed back and forth with him a few times. He's very engaging and I enjoyed the exchange. If you enjoy the topic, you'll enjoy his book full of humor and wit and some insight into our most recent common ancestors (cladistics and evolution). Some of Henry's personal experiences at fossil digs are included in the book and prove informative and pretty funny.

    7. Esistono la Fisica e il Collezionismo di francobolli. Henry Gee è un filatelista.Secondo Gee, l'evoluzione si svolge nel "tempo profondo" scandito da milioni di anni, nel quale i fossili sono solo piccole isole remote, collegate tra loro dalle nostre supposizioni. OK, allora che fare? Eliminiamo le supposizioni e tracciamo dei bei cladogrammi. Altra informazione utile, il gatto dell'autore si chiama Fred. Salto di palo in frasca, ma altrettanto deprimente nell'assoluta mancanza di "voglia di vo [...]

    8. Finally got around to reading Henry Gee's wonderful book on cladistics and fossils. I enjoyed his literary style, in particular the chapter epigrams from the likes of Borges, HG Wells, and Keats. Amazingly, Gee clearly explains how cladistics works without any use of its potentially off-putting (to the general reader, at least) professional vocabulary (e.g apomorphies and plesiomorphies and the rest). He does a great job of explaining the origins of the cladistic revolution in paleontology with [...]

    9. I found it interesting and readable, but he seemed to repeat himself a lot. Each new chapter, he would begin a new topic, then repeat his central point: you can't posit relationships between species in deep time because there is no way to prove it. I kept thinking, okay, I get it. I felt rather like a student in a lecture. Which may be appropriate since I'm a non-scientist, but it wasn't that difficult a concept.

    10. Really interesting information about cladistics, a new way to classify anything (not just dinosaurs and extinct lifeforms). It doesn't discount evolution, just reorganizes how it could be viewed. Also, the author implies that velociraptors might have climbed trees. How awesome would that have been?

    11. A moderately challenging, very thought-provoking read. Clarifies the details of evolutionary theory, challenges misconceptions, and taught me what cladistics is. Have re-read twice because I like what it makes me think.

    12. Fascinating. Real science that shows the fallacies behind some of the 'fiction' in popular evolutionary writing.

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