Allometric Fallacies and the Evolution of Gryphaea: A New Interpretation Based on White’s Criterion of Geometric Similarity

  • Stephen Jay Gould


I have often imagined that La Gioconda’s enigmatic smile is directed towards the scholars who write turgid books to explain her beauty. In length alone, literature about Shakespeare must exceed the Bard’s works by an order of magnitude usually reserved for interstellar distances. Yet if every profession must have its Drosophila, shall we begrudge a Jurassic oyster yet one more article?


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  • Stephen Jay Gould
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  1. 1.Museum of Comparative ZoologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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