Environmental Evolution Effects of the Origin and Evolution of Life on Planet Earth

ISBN-10: 0262631970

ISBN-13: 9780262631976

Edition: 2nd 2000

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Description: Offering an accessible introduction to critical changes in the biosphere that have occurred since the origins of life, this text presents an integrated view of our planet's evolution. 15 scientists reflect on major events in the history of the Earth.

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List price: $34.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 6/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Comparison of Planetary Atmospheres: Mars, Venus, and Earth
Cosmochemical Evolution and the Origins of Life
Origin of Life: Polymers before Monomers?
Origins of Membrane Structure
Origins of Life: The Historical Development of Recent Theories
The Antiquity of Life
Evidence of Earliest Life
Microbial Mats of Abu Dhabi
Stromatolites of Shark Bay
Symbiosis Theory: Cells as Microbial Communities
Spirochetes and the Origin of Undulipodia
Life in the Late Proterozoic
Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics
Chemical Signals from Plants and Phanerozoic Evolution
Questions and Answers
Mammalian Evolution: Karyotypic Fission Theory
The Gaia Hypothesis
Gaia: What's New?
Appendix A: Teaching Strategy
Sample Schedule and Minimal Assignments
Time Assignment
Space Assignment
Worksheets
Field Trips
Suggestions to Students Preparing Class Presentations
The Interactive Lecture Program
Appendix B: Five-Kingdom Classification Scheme
Appendix C: Background Reading
Appendix D: Geological Time
Appendix E: Modes of Nutrition
Glossary
Credits
Addresses of Contributors
Index
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