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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