Simon Conway Morris
|Born||6 November 1951|
Carshalton, Surrey, England
|Known for||Burgess Shale fossils|
|Awards||Walcott Medal (1987)|
Charles Schuchert Award (1989)
Honorary doctorate Uppsala University (1993)
Lyell Medal (1998)
Trotter Prize (2007)
William Bate Hardy Prize (2010)
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Doctoral advisor||Harry Blackmore Whittington|
Simon Conway Morris FRS (born 1951) is an English palaeontologist, evolutionary biologist, and astrobiologist known for his study of the fossils of the Burgess Shale and the Cambrian explosion. The results of these discoveries were celebrated in Stephen Jay Gould's 1989 book Wonderful Life. Conway Morris's own book on the subject, The Crucible of Creation (1998), however, is critical of Gould's presentation and interpretation.
Conway Morris, a Christian, holds to theistic views of biological evolution. He has held the Chair of Evolutionary Palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge since 1995.
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