Eight Little Piggies

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Eight Little Piggies
Eight Little Piggies (first edition).jpg
Author Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher W. W. Norton & Co.
Publication date
Pages 479
ISBN 0-393-03416-X
OCLC 25916011
575/.001 20
LC Class QH45.5 .G7 1993
Preceded by Bully for Brontosaurus
Followed by Dinosaur in a Haystack

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.

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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