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Garden of Ediacara Discovering the First Complex Life

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ISBN-10: 0231105592

ISBN-13: 9780231105590

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Mark A. S Mcmenamin

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During an expedition in Sonora, Mexico, paleontologist Mark A. S. McMenamin unearthed fossils of creatures dated at approximately 600 million years old -- making them the oldest large body fossils ever discovered. These circular fossils, known as Ediacarans, seemed to defy explanation. Representatives of marine life forms that existed in Precambrian times, as much as fifty million years before life on earth began to diversify rapidly, the specimens bore a superficial resemblance to jellyfish. A typical Ediacaran had a quilted body, three curving arms at the center, and a fringe of fine radial lines. McMenamin's curiosity was fueled by the puzzle of whether the Ediacarans were animals or…    
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/26/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Mystery Fossil
Notes
The Sand Menagerie
Notes
Vermiforma
Notes
The Nama Group
Notes
Back to the Garden
Notes
Cloudina
Notes
Ophrydium
Notes
Reunite Rodinia!
Notes
The Mexican Find: Sonora 1995
Notes
The Lost World
Notes
A Family Tree
Notes
Awareness of Ediacara
Notes
Revenge of the Mole Rats
Notes
Epilogue: Parallel Evolution
Notes
Appendix
Index