Footnotes for Wonderful Life

1This statement is supported by a series of satirical cartoons depicting the evolution of man in the first chapter of Wonderful Life.

2The trilobite is the omnipresent arthropod of the Paleozoic Era that crawled along the seabed like a crab and that crudely looked like a butterfly with its wings replaced by an exoskeleton (a hard outer casing).

3According to Gould, were a Nobel prize to be initiated in paleontology, then Briggs, Morris and Whittington would be prime candidates to receive it.

4This use of the word "radiation" indicates the outset of a great diversity of new life forms.