The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal (Life of the Past)

The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal (Life of the Past)

Simon J. Knell


Stephen Jay Gould borrowed from Winston Churchill whilst he defined the conodont animal as a "riddle wrapped in a secret within an enigma." This animal confounded technology for greater than a century. a few idea it a slug, others a fish, a bug, a plant, even a primitive ancestor of ourselves. The record of chances grew and but a solution to the riddle by no means appeared any closer. could the animal that left in the back of those miniscule fossils referred to as conodonts ever be pointed out? 3 times the animal was once "found," yet each one used to be particularly a unique animal. have been any of them rather the only? Simon J. Knell takes the reader on a trip via a hundred and fifty years of medical considering, imagining, and arguing. Slowly the animal starts off to bare strains of itself: its way of life, its amazing evolution, its witnessing of serious catastrophes, its routine over the outside of the planet, and at last its anatomy. this present day the conodont animal is still might be the main disputed creature within the zoological world.

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