'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.'
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'
'The centerpiece of The Crucible of Creation is a description, authoritative and readable, of the animals themselves.
New York Times Book Review
Una obra de divulgación, escrita de forma atractiva y amena, sobre el crucial momento de la evolución que representa el periodo Pre-cámbrico, basado en los numerosos hallazgos de fóssiles del yacimiento de Shale.