Simon Conway Morris

Biography and Resources

simonconwaymorris.jpg Simon Conway Morris was born in 1951 and brought up in London. He is professor of evolutionary palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

He became a renowned Paleobiologist because of his work on the Burgess Shale Fossils; “The Burgess Shale, a rock formation amid the glaciated mountains of British Columbia, created by mud slides that swept shallow water Cambrian creatures over a marine cliff and buried them almost instantly” (515 Mil BC)(. Morris along with Derek Briggs and Harry Blackmore Whittington, of the University of Cambridge looked further into the fossils found in 1909. They found that the fossils of Burgess Shale show that the animals’ skeletal structure have little to no resemblance to the animals of today. eg. the Trilobite.

In 1998, Simon Conway Morris published his book entitled The Crucible of Creation. Other than the book The Crucible of Creation, Simon Conway Morris also wrote the title Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. These books touch upon and even disagree with some of the theories of Stephen Jay Gould. They discuss the matter of evolutionary convergence, the way in which species have evolved, adpated and in what ways they may be alike or not alike. Other topics Simon Conway Morris has spoken of is the debate between Science and Religion. He has made television appearances on National Geographic Channel's show Alien Worlds, as well as 1996 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

Simon Conway Morris' Published Books
The Crucible of Creation: The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals
(Oxford University Press, reprint edition 2000)

Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe
(Cambridge University Press, New Ed edition, 2004)


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