Scripting the Fossil Record: When Metaphor Writes History

The Paleobiological Revolution, eds. David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse, University of Chicago Press, 2009.

The Paleobiological Revolution, eds. David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse, University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Perhaps most interesting [to writing paleontology's intellectual history] is the role and use of metaphor as an organizing device.  If one were to step back, there’s almost a sense that writing the history of modern paleontology through paleobiology reflects – through metaphor – the very scientific process that it describes. 

 

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