Origins of Life From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language

ISBN-10: 019286209X
ISBN-13: 9780192862099
Edition: 2000
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Description: In this fascinating book, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary present an original picture of evolution. They propose that during evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations.  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/26/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

In this fascinating book, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary present an original picture of evolution. They propose that during evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These transitions include the appearance of the first replicating molecules, the emergence of co-operative animal societies, and the unique language ability of humans. Containing many new ideas, this book is contemporary biology on the grandest scale, from the birth of life to the origin of language.

Preface
Life and Information
The major transitions
From chemistry to heredity
From the RNA world to the modern world
From heredity to simple cells
The origin of eukaryotic cells
The origin of sex
Genetic conflict
Living together
The evolution of many-celled organisms
Animal societies
From animal to human societies
The origin of language
Glossary
Notes
Further Reading
Index

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