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Eight Little Piggies

Eight Little Piggies (1993) is the sixth volume of collected essays by the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. The essays were selected from his monthly column "The View of Life" in Natural History magazine, to which Gould contributed for 27 years. The book deals, in typically discursive fashion, with themes familiar to Gould's writing: evolution and its teaching, science biography, probabilities and common sense.

Eight Little Piggies
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AuthorStephen Jay Gould
PublisherW. W. Norton & Co.
Publication date
Media typePrint
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LC ClassQH45.5 .G7 1993
Preceded byBully for Brontosaurus 
Followed byDinosaur in a Haystack 

The title essay, "Eight Little Piggies", explores concepts such as archetypes and polydactyly via the anatomy of early tetrapods. Other essays discuss themes such as the scale of extinction, vertebrate anatomy, grand patterns of evolution, and human nature.

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