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The Flamingo's Smile

The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History, published in 1985, is the fourth volume of collected essays from evolutionary biologist and well-known science writer Stephen Jay Gould; the essays were culled from his monthly column The View of Life in Natural History magazine, to which Gould contributed for more than two decades. The book deals, in typically discursive fashion, with themes familiar to Gould's writing: evolution and its teaching, science biography, probabilities and common sense.

The Flamingo's Smile
The Flamingo's Smile, 1985 edition.JPG
Cover of the first edition
AuthorStephen Jay Gould
CountryUnited States
Publication date
Media typePrint
LC ClassQH81 .G673 1985
Preceded byHen's Teeth and Horse's Toes 
Followed byBully for Brontosaurus 

The title essay, "The Flamingo's Smile", discusses changes in morphology arising as a consequence of behavior, as illustrated by the beak and tongue of the flamingo. Topics discussed in other essays include SETI, the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the importance of taxonomy.