The Flamingo’s Smile

BY STEPHEN JAY GOULD

IN

NORTON

EVER SINCE DARWIN

Reflections in Natural History

THE PANDA’S THUMB

More Reflections in Natural History

THE MISMEASURE OF MAN

HEN’S TEETH AND HORSE’S TOES

Further Reflections in Natural History

THE FLAMINGO’S SMILE

Reflections in Natural History

AN URCHIN IN THE STORM

Essays about Books and Ideas

WONDERFUL LIFE

The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

BULLY FOR BRONTOSAURUS

Reflections in Natural History

FINDERS, KEEPERS

Treasures  and  Oddities  of  Natural  History  Collectors  from

Peter the Great to Louis Agassiz (with R. W. Purcell)

THE BOOK OF LIFE

An Illustrated History of Life on Earth (general editor)

EIGHT LITTLE PIGGIES

EIGHT LITTLE PIGGIES

Reflections in Natural History

The Flamingo’s Smile

Reflections in Natural History

Stephen Jay Gould

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“Losing  the  Edge”  originally  appeared  in  Vanity  Fair  in
March, 1983. Reprinted by kind permission.
“Strike Three for Babe” originally appeared in The New York
Times
on November 19, 1984, as “The Strike That Was Low
and Outside.”
Copyright  1984  by  The  New  York  Times  Company.
Reprinted by permission.
“SETI and the Wisdom of Casey Stengel” originally appeared
in Discover Magazine, Time, Inc., in March 1983. Reprinted
by kind permission.
“Sex,  Drugs,  Disasters,  and  the  Extinction  of  Dinosaurs”
originally  appeared  in  Discover  Magazine,  Time,  Inc.,  in
March 1984. Reprinted by kind permission.

Copyright © 1985 by Stephen Jay Gould

All rights reserved.

First published as a Norton 1987

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Gould, Stephen Jay.

The flamingo’s smile.

1. Natural history—Essays.

I. Title.
QH81.G673 1985 508 85-4916

ISBN: 978-0-393-30375-9

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